Adam Lambert’s Epic Twitter Rant About Bullying

The pop star unexpectedly launched an open forum about bullies and whether or not society should ignore them and, instead, focus on empowering the victim. What do you think? posted on

Bullying sucks. It's true. I feel like we should focus more on helping kids cope and build a thick skin rather than focusing on the bullies?

I just don't want to see this generation develop into a bunch of victims. I want them to be empowered and ignore petty bullshit. How?

I think we should encourage kids to make new friends. Reach out to that kid eating alone at lunch. Focus in the positive.

it's a case by case thing. If someone's being so viciously bullied that its affecting their mental health - yes- huge problem we must stop

But because its become such a trendy way to identify certain kinds of typical teenage angst, I hope it's not making it worse.

The irony of course is how this is all viewed outside of school, in the adult world. The celebrity scene is a prime example.

Celebrities are bullied online, by tabloids & paps, yet there's a strong opinion in society that "we asked for this, part of the job"

Yet w/ social networking taking over, isnt society emulating celebrity culture by posting pics and updates of themselves to a broad audience

So with fame having become the new American Dream, are we punishing those who have 'made it' with our own inferiority complexities? Envy?

And btw it's one thing to constructively criticize someone's work or decisions, it's another to attack their very essence. Right?

I'm not quite sure of how any of what I'm tweeting would be disappointing to anyone.... Someone explain? We are having a twitter forum!

Back to the original point, I simply wish we'd focus more energy on the victims' empowerment versus labeling anyone whos negative as a bully

The reason I brought up how society tends to view celebrity culture was to suggest the sometimes hypocritical aspect to victim/bullying.

Sometimes it seems that folks adopt an "eye for an eye" attitude instead of just rising above it. Doesn't this just become a vicious cycle?

And NO. I'm not taking sides in any of the current celeb beefs. This is a general conversation. More about society as a whole.

im not saying there shouldn't be consequences for bullies. I'm saying that HELPING folks cope and ignore is ALSO important & more proactive

Ok I've ranted enough on this soapbox that is twitter. I love a good discussion. Grateful for everyone's insight- been enlightening. #exhale" target="_blank">http://twitter.com/search?q=%23exhale">#exhale

And FYI- ANYONE is welcome in this Glamily. ANYONE. Please be welcoming and kind. Quit cyber fighting.

Do you think Lambert has a point? Should we focus on those victimized by bullying by teaching them to cope and overcome? Or is it the other way around - do we put our attention on the bullies themselves and stop the victimizing from their end?

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