An 11-year-old found out that there’s nothing like the anonymity of the Internet to bring out the cruel jerk in some people, but also that fighting back is powerful as he scored mountains of backing — including social media support from conservative actor James Woods and his legions of followers.
Heck, even the White House noticed.
Logan Fairbanks and his father Josh, 30, of Hartford, Mich., often post YouTube videos of their hijinks together, but when Logan started seeing a lot of hateful comments directed at him he decided to take action by making a much more serious video.
He said he made the video “to encourage other people who have been bullied to not let words hurt them.”
Logan read the hurtful remarks calling him fat, stupid, ugly and some going even lower with comments like “I hope he gets cancer” and “I hope he dies,” for the better part of the 2 minute video.
The wise beyond his years 11-year-old ended the video with no words of anger or hatred like those directed at him, but simply told his tormenters that he hoped they didn’t bully anyone online anymore and told bullying victims to not let words affect them.
Here’s how Woods took up his cause.
11-year-old reads cruel comments about himself http://t.co/iHuc8TkrR4 Hey, Logan, scrape them off your shoe, and stay on the high road!
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 13, 2015
And here’s how Woods’ followers responded.
@RealJamesWoods Everyone has had a bully, how you deal makes you a man. Great job Logan, stand tall and proud.
— Michael Henneman (@MichaelHennema4) July 13, 2015
— E.J. Cedric (@EJCedric) July 13, 2015
— GRRRR8EST (@GRRRR8est) July 13, 2015
— Elise McDowell (@McDowell_Ellie) July 13, 2015
@RealJamesWoods Being a role model and helping a young person stand up for themselves is hard to fine howdays. Bravo.
— Susan Pedersen (@susansp1561) July 13, 2015
At 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., someone brought Logan’s work to the attention of Valerie Jarrett, the Obama senior adviser who knows a thing or two about bullying herself, since she and her boss try to do it so much.
— Valerie Jarrett (@vj44) July 11, 2015
Naturally, the Fairbanks are taking her up on it.
— Dad vs. Logan (@DadVsLogan) July 12, 2015
Any “future occupant” of the White House with guts like Logan will be a welcome change, indeed.
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