Jessica Chastain needs to do more about bullying

Jessica Chastain has taken Hollywood by storm, which is probably why it’s hard for a lot of people to believe the actress was bullied when she was younger.

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Chastain has three blockbuster films due out this fall: Interstellar, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and A Most Violent Year. People has called her “one of the most wanted women in Hollywood.” And she’s on the cover of Glamour Magazine‘s upcoming November issue, where she talks about being bullied through much of her childhood.

I was told every day at school that I was ugly and that no one wanted to be my friend — the most cruel things,” Chastain said. “If I can do anything to help young girls and to be a cheerleader for people who sometimes have low self-esteem, I want to do that.”

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So, Chastain, what are you going to do?

She said it right there: “If I can do anything to help young girls… I want to do that.”

I, for one, am pretty tired of celebrities “standing up” for causes by talking about them and then doing nothing else. Sure, the argument can be made that Chastain’s star status means all she has to do is talk about bullying — her words will bring it to the public’s attention, raise awareness.

But come on. Aren’t we all plenty aware of bullying? Stories about tortured kids are in the news on a near-daily basis. Chastain’s talking is drawing attention to a subject we’re already paying plenty of attention to.

I want to see more action. Chastain can start a charity and donate money and time. She can visit schools and talk to kids about overcoming bullying. She has the power to do so much more than talk.

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For someone who claims to have “been there,” who says she understands what bullied kids are going through, Chastain needs to do more than just say she’s anti-bullying. She needs to be anti-bullying.


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