Sure, MTV may have turned itself into a television network of ethnic stereotypes and teenagers having babies, but the one thing the cable giant can do is mobilize celebrities. This week MTV — which is about to say goodbye to the very people responsible for making the networks what it is today — has used its massive reach and to turn around anti-bullying PSAs as quickly as news of the suicides arrive.
Above, Lance Bass, who says he was “the first person to jump on the bandwagon to make fun of a gay person.” Below, Neil Patrick Harris and Nicki Minaj. All three count themselves among the queer community, which, duh, is an important factor in trying to communicate with LGBT youth.
But ya know who I’d love to see videos from? Celebrities who built their image on being bullies. 50 Cent. Eminem. (You can sit this one out, Mel Gibson.) Have these folks get in front of a camera, talk about why they act like assholes to other people. Tell us about your childhood, and how you used bullying as a defense mechanism. Take us inside the minds of people who taunt other kids, call them names, and go home and sleep at night. Especially you, 50; you’ve got a lot of making up to do.