I was bullied pretty badly when I was a kid, the worst period falling between the ages of 10 and 14, I think. People tell me to get over it, and that I am an adult now, privileged and famous and constantly applauded not only in my primary field, stand-up comedy, but also in practically every endeavor I have chosen to devote myself to, from acting to burlesque bump-and-grind to songwriting. I am told I have no right to complain, and that may be true to some extent, the good in my life flowing in from all directions, satisfaction pulsing through me every second of the day, but I will never stop complaining until I am dead in the ground or even afterward, probably, if I can find a way back out of the light to complain about the afterlife. I will never stop complaining.
I was hurt because I was different, and so sharing my experience of being be*ten and hated and called ugly and fat and queer and foreign and perverse and gluttonous and lazy and filthy and dishonest and yet all the while remaining invisible heals me, and heals others when they hear it -- those who are suffering right now. If you are going through this kind of sh*t today, try to remember that I lived through it and now thrive. I f*cking thrive.
My former bullies pay extra to come backstage and meet me after shows, and I pretend not to know them in front of their friends. It is the most divine pleasure to exact the revenge of the brutalized child that resides within. Don't consider suicide. Consider revenge. Consider what I get to do now. Know that this could be your life, too. Grow up and let anyone try to contend with the adult you. The grown-up you will be fearsome and tremendous, not only for all the pain you have endured but also because you have survived it. I cannot wait to meet you, tall and mighty in your grown glory. Stay here so we can eventually come together and be friends. Stay so you can tell me your story. I need to hear it.
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Posted By: simpleplan |
5/21/12 1:45 PM
You are so aweeosme Margaret and you always tell it like it is! I think its funny you act like you dont remember them when they have been telling all of their friends how they knew you and went to school with you that so hilarious.
Posted By: cc345 |
5/22/12 3:28 PM
making your bullies pay extra to come back stage just to ignore them was great thanks for the good laugh
Posted By: jenxdoe |
5/23/12 12:01 AM
what an icon you are for, not only the gay and lesbian communities, but also us asian women. i mean damn, when i was being called a ch*nk in middle school and a mail order bride in calculus (oh yeah those stories get better), the person i ran to was marshall mathers. i wish i could go back and tell young me about you. but thank jesus i see you now.