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10-Year-Old Will Phillips Scores CNN a GLAAD Award

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GLAAD, the nation’s leading organization of complaining, yesterday awarded various television shows and movies some of its GLAAD Awards, which are often a “thank you” to a network for underwriting part of the group’s budget. But we do love that CNN took home the “Outstanding TV Journalism segment” for “Why Will Won’t Pledge Allegiance,” because children are terrific.

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  • Mr. Enemabag Jones

    I understand GLADD is a media watch dog; but they give an award to CNN, but not to the kid actually profiled in the segment? Supporting equality gets you zip, while reporting on someone supporting equality gets a trophy. Bizarre.

  • Jon

    Knowing we have kids as bright as this young boy in our nation gives me an immense amount of hope.

  • Jessica

    Will could have supported equality all he wanted, but if someone in the media hadn’t chosen to pick it up, only a very small number of people would have heard his message. The media is what gets the message out there, and that’s what GLAAD is all about.

    Which isn’t to minimize what that amazing kid has done – is doing; and in fact, he was at the Media Awards and gave the acceptance speech for the CNN award. But CNN made him, and his message, visible to millions who would never otherwise have seen and heard it. GLAAD was recognizing that in giving CNN the award.

  • terrwill

    Where the fcuk is the award for the most outstanding kid of the year for Will?????? Will should have been the guest of honor at the awards!

  • laura phillips

    Actually, will and cnn both got the award. Its in our suitcase right now waiting to be unpacked :)

  • Cam

    Isn’t this kid great? I know his parents at first were probably thinking “Oh no! Whats he stirring up at school?!” But I have to say once again, look at this kid and that girl in Mississippi trying to take her girlfriend to the prom, then listen to the comments from Sean Hayes, Michael Urie, Johny Weir, and the complete silence from Anderson Cooper, and I just have to say that Will and Constance are 100 times braver than these supposed “Role Models”. I hope that they both have sucessful, incredibly happy lives, and that their parents are proud for raising children with so much integirty and intelligence.

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