Michael Steven Bublé is a Canadian vocalist, songwriter and actor. He has won several awards, including three Grammy Awards and multiple Juno Awards. His first album reached the top ten in Canada and the UK. He found a worldwide audience with his 2005 album It's Time, and his 2007 album Call Me Irresponsible which reached number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, the UK Albums Chart, the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart, the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and several European charts.
Bublé's 2009 album Crazy Love debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 after three days of sales, and remained there for two weeks. It was also his fourth number one album on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart. His 2011 holiday album, titled Christmas, was in first place on the Billboard 200 for the final four weeks of 2011 and the first week of 2012, totaling five weeks atop the chart. With this, Christmas became his third-consecutive number-one album on the chart. His latest album, To Be Loved, was released in April 2013. Bublé has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.
Here are some excerpts from Buble’s conversation with Thomas Howard Jr.:
You know, I think everybody gets bullied Thomas. Every single person has times in their lives where they feel bullied or pressured or things like that. But, you know, for me I handled it differently. I fought my way out. I fought with my fists and I had friends that supported me through that. But to be honest with you, it’s a terrible thing to be bullied in any way. There were days when I didn’t want to go to school, but in no way can I really compare the bullying I went through with the prejudice that gay and lesbian kids are going through. It’s just not the same thing.
I grew up in a family that was full of love. My uncle Mike has been with my uncle Frank, they’ve been a couple for, 35 years. So when I grew up my mom and dad, in no uncertain terms, said you know Michael, a man can be in love with a man and a woman can be in love with a woman, and there’s no difference between people that are gay or straight They’re born that way. It’s not something that can be learned or unlearned, or it’s not a phase or anything like that. This is something that you are born with. And so I grew up, never seeing a difference between gay and straight people. Also, I grew up in Vancouver, that has one of the biggest gay communities, so of course, growing up in music and theatre all my friends, or most of my friends were gay or bi. This was something that was just normal for me. The thing is, what really got to me Thomas, was that, I lived in this bubble, where because I came from this city that was completely tolerant and understanding, I thought that’s just how it was. And I moved to L.A. and it was the same way. People were very open about it and proud. But I started to realize that it wasn’t like that man. In a lot of places, a lot of small cities and towns, people did not have that same understanding. And I felt like it wasn’t just the job or the responsibility of gay or lesbian people to stand up for each other. It’s a responsibility of straight people. It’s a responsibility of all of us, we’re human beings, we’re all the same. There’s just no room for this man. I think it’s gotta start in the home. It’s gotta start with parents talking to their kids and explaining to them that it’s ok, and that they can stand up for their friends, and that there’s nothing to be embarrassed about. That that’s life, you know. The truth is, Thomas, kids don’t grow up with hate. They don’t know hate. They’re taught hate and we just need to educate them.
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Posted By: gate14 |
5/29/13 3:54 PM
He is right you have to teach kids to hate so why do we keep doing it.