When Courtney Knowles, Director of the Jed Foundation received a text from actress Brittany Snow saying. "Isn't there something we can do?" in reaction to the recent teen suicides involving bullying and harassment, it was the beginning of an important new movement. 24 hours later the two came up with the idea Love is Louder and 48 hours after that initial text, the movement was launched with MTV.
Now hundreds of thousands of people have tweeted it out or visited the campaign's site and Facebook page, crowds of students have chanted the phrase and hundreds of people have uploaded pics with "Love is Louder" on their hands, just like Brittany did at a teen event the night the campaign launched. Celebrities including P!nk, Vanessa Hudgens, Drake, Trey Songz, and Kellan Lutz have contributed their voices with videos.
Brittany Snow sat down with BettyConfidential to chat about the Love is Louder movement and her own harrowing tale of being bullied.
What is the Love is Louder Movement?
Love is Louder is a movement I started with my friend Courtney Knowles from The Jed Foundation after the suicide that happened in September. I’ve always been passionate about this topic and have worked with his foundation for years. After the suicide, I called Courtney to see if there was anything I could do to help. We decided to start a movement of support and understanding and make it a place where people could go to render hope. It’s a place for people to go who have opinions or need support regarding this topic. We decided to have people submit videos. Whether you’re a celebrity, gay or straight, old or young, it’s a place for anybody because everyone has gone through bullying before and we want people to know that they are not alone.
What celebrities have gotten involved?
It started out where I asked a couple of my friends to do some videos and it really caught on. We’ve had videos from Drake, P!nk, Vanessa Hudgens, Vinny and Snooki from Jersey Shore—we’ve had over 50 videos from celebrities. We’ve been tweeted out by people from Perez Hilton to Joe Jonas. We’ve had over 100,000 tweets. 25,000 people have linked to us on Facebook. It’s become crazy. We get pictures sent to us daily from lots of celebrities.
Were you a victim of bullying?
Yes. I started initially with The Jed Foundation because of my personal struggle with depression and bullying. When I was in middle school and high school a bully would tell me ways to kill myself every day. The bully would put mean things on flyers and hit me and just taunt me in every way. I had no friends. Then, on top of all that, one of my good friends committed suicide because of this bully. It was a really tough time in middle school and high school and it caused me to have other struggles later on. I think that’s what people don’t understand. It’s really important that we understand that how we treat each other can affect who you are later on.
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