Gay Teen Jonah Mowry Shows His Scars Literally and Figuratively – Media Applauding Jonah’s Bravery
While perusing this week's posts from various on-air talent, I ran across Kat's blog about Jonah Mowry; a 14-year-old who has struggled with bullying and low self-esteem since he was in the first grade. While watching the video, as Kat promised, I teared up. As a mother and former 14-year-old, this kid ripped out my beating heart only to throw it back in and leave me beaming with hope.
So, of course I clicked on the related Youtube videos and immediately saw the word "FAKE" which led me to a video of Jonah and his friend acting like normal, goofy teens. He points out his very real scars but also lets it slip that his entire school "loves him." At first, I was a little miffed that this kid would deceive me with crocodile tears! Then, after about five seconds, it dawned on me that the video delivered a powerful message and I was glad that Jonah seemed genuinely happy. Teens shouldn't be worrying about life yet. According to Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educational Network, nearly 9 out of 10 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students experienced harassment at school in the past year. This kind of harassment can lead to self-hatred and unfortunately even suicide.
I did a little more digging and found that ABC News covered the story two days ago. They spoke with Mowry and his family regarding the validity of the original video and the barrage of media and celebrity attention that has ensued. According to ABC News, the viral video has gained support from celebrities like gay singer Ricky Martin and celebrity news hound Perez Hilton. Mowry's mother even claims that the bullying made him stronger and he is encouraged by the outpouring of support.
My take is that organically it was a moving video that was well thought out. I hope it helps to change thought patterns in both those who bully and are bullied. I offer a quote to Jonah from Lester Bangs to William Miller (another misunderstood kid who was 'hated' by his classmates) from Almost Famous, "You'll meet them all again in a long journey to the middle..."