Blast From The Past – Words Can Hurt!

It’s that time of the year my children celebrate their birthdays. With these celebrations there comes a lot of reflection on my side. Reflection about how they developed so far, where they are and where they will go from now on. There are all the worries, all the expectations, the hopes and fears. They are all different for each of my children. Why? Because I have a boy and a girl. And while some worries are the same for both of them some are so totally different. One, though, stands out. The worry about how they will be treated… There are so many things out there that can hurt. And words play a big part in it too. I hope you don’t mind that I share another Blast From The Past tonight…

Where to start? By now most of you have probably heard about the remark Chris Wallace has made about Kelly Clarkson. Or better the multiple stupid remarks. Just disgusting! It makes me so angry to read this. Actually I am about to boil over.

I look around and see beautiful women, mothers of beautiful children. They all have a beautiful body. They are lovely, smart and just awesome. But does that all matter? Maybe to their kids and maybe to their husbands. You know thought what is the sad part? That it actually does not matter as much to them. And you know why? Maybe you do, because you are one of them… It does not matter because they all have body issues. Most of them think that they are too fat. Why? Because of idiots like Chris Wallace…

I look around and I see beautiful teenage girls. Beautiful little girls. They are healthy and fun and smart and just beautiful. They enjoy life and giggle. But if you look closer or if you listen a little bit better, you can hear already 7 year old girls complaining about their weight. Or judging others because of their big tummies. Why? Because of idiots like Chris Wallace!

When will it stop? When will a woman, who is as beautiful like Kelly Clarkson, talented in whichever area, be beautiful? When will people stop judging?

Everyone is talking about bullying and cyber bullying. I would love to add something to this little list of bullying: How about media-bullying? Watch TV, listen to the radio! I so often switch it off because I feel sick to my stomach about the remarks the hosts of some shows make about other people. Why is this not considered bullying? Why is this not considered bullying when a radio host or a TV host makes a mean remark about a celebrity or anybody? Why do we still call it entertainment? Are we really that bad?

Words can hurt. And it does not matter if you are a normal citizen or if you are a celebrity. We all have feelings. We all have our issues and we all are not perfect. Not even Chris Wallace, I am sure about it… So why do we always have to hurt? Why do we have to hurt others to feel better? Why do we have to belittle others in order to feel so much more superior, prettier, smarter… you name it!

I am so sick and tired of it. You know what is the worst? Even if people like Chris Wallace apologize (probably not because they really want to and feel they have to but because for publicity…), it does not help anymore. The damage is done. It can not be unsaid.

So think before you speak and think hard. Ask yourself how you would feel! Treat people the way you want to be treated. Is it that hard? Just respect people for what they are. That is all it takes…

 

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