Bullying study: It does get better for gay teens

Feb 3, 2013 Full story: WATE-TV Knoxville

20, 2010 file photo, young people participate in an anti-gay bullying candlelight vigil to commemorate the recent deaths of gay teens at The Center Project in Columbia, Mo.

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Since: Oct 12

Coolidge, AZ

#1 Feb 3, 2013
I read an article in the USA TODAY earlier about some anti-bullying PSA's FOR the "It Gets Better Project" made by 4 members of the San Franciso 49ers (YAY, RAVENS !:)). And these PSA's were specifically targeted at homophobia.

When a reporter asked the 49ers team members who made the PSA's to comment on them, TWO of the 49ers, Ahmed Brooks and Isaac Sopoaga, FLATLY DENIED they had made the PSA's !!!

From USA TODAY:

"NEW ORLEANS When four members of the San Francisco 49ers made an anti-bullying video in August for the "It Gets Better Project," they were hailed as trail blazers big, strong athletes in a game bathed in testosterone and homophobia, who were prepared to take on the narrow minds of the NFL locker rooms.

"But two of the players who took part in the video linebacker Ahmad Brooks and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga strangely denied making the video. Then, when shown the video, they said they didn't realize the aim of the production was to fight the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens.

"The players were asked about the video Thursday because teammate Chris Culliver made derogatory remarks about gays in a media day interview with radio personality Artie Lange.

"At first, Brooks and Sopoaga, approached by USA TODAY Sports, denied being part of the project.

" "I didn't make any video," Brooks said. "This is America and if someone wants to be gay, they can be gay. It's their right. But I didn't make any video."

"When told USA TODAY Sports had seen the video and he was in it, Brooks replied, "I don't remember that. I think if I made a video, I'd remember it."

"He was shown the video on an iPhone.

" "Oh, that. It was an anti-bullying video, not a gay (rights) video," he said.

"When told that studies show that the majority of teens who are bullied are harassed over sexual identity issues, Brooks thought for a second.

" "I know that. I know that," he said. "Okay, you're right and I'm wrong. Are you from one of those New York newspapers ?"

"When the video was released during training camp, Scott Zumwalt of the "It Gets Better Project," said, "Many (49ers) wanted to be in it, but they picked the most intimidating guys to deliver the message."

"Unfortunately, someone apparently forgot to deliver the message to the players that this was a video that supported gay rights.

"Sopoaga, too, denied making the video, even while teammate Will Tukuafu, who overheard the question, tried to refresh his memory.

" "Yeah, you made that video, remember ?" Tukuafu said.

" "No," Sopoaga said. "I never went. And now someone is using my name."

"Sopoaga was shown the video.

" "What was that for ?" he asked.

"To ask teens to stop bullying other teens because of sexual identity, he was told.

" "Yeah, OK," he said.

" "Would you like to comment on it ?", he was asked.

" "No," he said.""

I'm mystified as to how these 2 players could say the things that they said, after volunteering to make these PSA's. Do they live in an alternative reality or something ?!

complete article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/nine...

Since: Oct 12

Coolidge, AZ

#2 Feb 3, 2013
I read an article in USA TODAY about 4 memebrs of the San Francisco 49ers who made PSA's for the "It Get's better Project". Yet TWO of the fourm teammates who made the videos FLATLY DENIED DOING SO !

Excerpt from USA TODAY:

NEW ORLEANS When four members of the San Francisco 49ers made an anti-bullying video in August for the "It Gets Better Project," they were hailed as trail blazers big, strong athletes in a game bathed in testosterone and homophobia, who were prepared to take on the narrow minds of the NFL locker rooms.

But two of the players who took part in the video linebacker Ahmad Brooks and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga strangely denied making the video. Then, when shown the video, they said they didn't realize the aim of the production was to fight the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens.

The players were asked about the video Thursday because teammate Chris Culliver made derogatory remarks about gays in a media day interview with radio personality Artie Lange.

At first, Brooks and Sopoaga, approached by USA TODAY Sports, denied being part of the project.

"I didn't make any video," Brooks said. "This is America and if someone wants to be gay, they can be gay. It's their right. But I didn't make any video."

When told USA TODAY Sports had seen the video and he was in it, Brooks replied, "I don't remember that. I think if I made a video, I'd remember it."

He was shown the video on an iPhone.

"Oh, that. It was an anti-bullying video, not a gay (rights) video," he said.

When told that studies show that the majority of teens who are bullied are harassed over sexual identity issues, Brooks thought for a second.

"I know that. I know that," he said. "Okay, you're right and I'm wrong. Are you from one of those New York newspapers ?"

When the video was released during training camp, Scott Zumwalt of the "It Gets Better Project," said, "Many (49ers) wanted to be in it, but they picked the most intimidating guys to deliver the message."

Unfortunately, someone apparently forgot to deliver the message to the players that this was a video that supported gay rights.

Sopoaga, too, denied making the video, even while teammate Will Tukuafu, who overheard the question, tried to refresh his memory.

"Yeah, you made that video, remember?" Tukuafu said.

"No," Sopoaga said. "I never went. And now someone is using my name."

Sopoaga was shown the video.

"What was that for ?" he asked.

To ask teens to stop bullying other teens because of sexual identity, he was told.

"Yeah, OK," he said.

Would you like to comment on it, he was asked.

"No," he said.

The complete article can be found here:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/nine...

Do these 2 guys live in an alternative reality ???!!!

Since: Nov 09

Wytheville Va.

#3 Feb 4, 2013
Really, you needed to post all of that?

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