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(UPDATE 2/5/14: Four individuals have been arrested in relation to Hoffman's drug overdose, according to The New York Daily News and CNN. Authorities found more than 350 bags of heroin in three different apartments. (Upon further investigation, 70 bags of heroin were found in Hoffman's apartment. Currently, police aren't certain whether those four individuals sold the heroin to Hoffman or if they're part of a larger...
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a guest post by Michael Corbin, hardcore Bears fan and mental health advocate. Corbin is the creator of everyminute.org, a grassroots campaign uniting advocates, mental health professionals and organizations into a single coalition creating a public forum advancing the need and benefit of increased mental health research.) I grew up in a rural town south of Chicago, and I have been a Bears fan my entire life, and as we Bears fans know, there's a certain dominant, smash-mouth style of play we expect on the field and in fashion. This week wide receiver Brandon Marshall took a tough stance in a different fashion than most fans are used to: He announced he would be wearing lime green cleats in his October 10th game against the New York Giants as a way to attract attention to Mental Health Awareness Week.
Ooooh, I woudn't want to be in Brian Williams's shoes right now. Of course, there'd be a lot of room, given he seems to have shoved BOTH his feet in his mouth last Thursday. During what's probably been the most stigmatizing statement I've heard all year, Williams announced that Ariel Castro, the Ohio man who held three women captive for a decade, was "arguably the face of mental illness." Let's paint that picture again, just for good measure: Brian Williams told America that Ariel Castro, a man who kidnapped three women and held them captive, raped them, and beat them for 10 years, was "arguably the face of mental illness." Not just the fact, but arguably the face. I mean, wow.
(UPDATE July 16, 2013: Cory Monteith's official cause of death was a drug overdose of heroin and alcohol, according to the British Columbia Coroners Service.) ____________ Cory Monteith, one of the stars of the Emmy award-winning musical comedy-drama Glee, was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room over the weekend. Some news sources have reported drug overdose as the suspected cause of death, but thus far police have confirmed only that they don't believe foul play was involved. An autopsy is scheduled for today (Monday, July 15, 2013), after which the coroner will be closer to establishing an official cause of death.
DISCLAIMER: This is NOT a post about anyone's beliefs, opinions, ideas, thoughts, or otherwise on homosexuality or same-sex marriage. This is a post about how some media outlets--in this specific case, The New Yorker--are celebrating marriage equality. Understand upfront that comments that are hateful and offensive to anyone will not be published. So, The New Yorker released its July 8-15, 2013 cover this morning, "Moment of Joy." "Moment of Joy" depicts Bert and Ernie, two Sesame Street characters who also are longtime friends and roommates, snuggling together on a couch as they look at the United States Supreme Court Justices on a television screen. It'd probably be a heartwarming picture, if, you know, Bert and Ernie were actually gay.
We've seen a lot of celebrities step up to stamp out bullying: The cast from True Blood joined in with the It Gets Better project; several famous names including Amy Poehler, Shaq, and Mario Lopez stepped up for the Amplify Your Voice campaign; and Glee got in on the action, dedicating an episode to the bullying epidemic. But, what happens when celebrities get bullied? Wait a minute... Do celebrities get bullied? Yes, according to Jada Pinkett Smith, who recently took to her Facebook to address the issue.
When I heard the news of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre last Friday morning, I was, up until that point, far removed from Newtown, CT. I was on my way to Charlottesville, VA for a weekend of Dave Matthews Band. My sister and I like to attend at least one Charlottesville show to sort of round out the touring season each year. This year, we had tickets to both shows, but a weekend that was supposed to be filled with joy and mirth was marred with shock, outrage, grief, anguish, and guilt. During the intermission between opening act The Lumineers and the moment DMB took the stage, my sister turned to me. "Do you think he'll mention what happened this morning?" I did, and he did.
We're making big strides in the anti-bullying movement, and - like it or not - we have some celebrities and entertainment media to thank for some of the progress. From Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation to all the famous names who've contributed to the It Gets Better Project, musicians and actors alike are speaking out to raise awareness and provide resources. Artists are contributing with actual movies and music, too: The Bully Project gained heavy publicity when people petitioned to have its movie, Bully, changed from Rated R to Rated PG-13 so more kids could see it, and "Bully," the first single off rock band Shinedown's latest album, highlights the dark reality (and thoughts) many bully victims face. Yet, while these campaigns and projects are excellent ways to spread the word and encourage victims of bullying to seek help, nothing hits home quite like a real life story - especially one that shows us how bullying affects an entire family, even years after the bullying has stopped. The following is one such family's story: