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11.23.2010

I'm not sure when I saw the first "It Gets Better" video but it was probably in the aftermath of the incident at Rutgers University; a particularly troubling incident for me as it took place in my backyard and at my alma mater. There've been countless "It Gets Better" videos since (including one from Barack Obama) and yesterday Pixar posted one of the best yet.

It should be no surprise that Pixar has created something full of beauty, sadness, love and joy but it's something I thought would resonate specifically with our audience, a film-loving bunch. I found it interesting that as these gay and lesbian Pixar employees talked about how their life got better, it wasn't because they got themselves a great job at Pixar that most people would die for (though I'm sure that's an added bonus). Life got better because they fell in love, adopted kids, made new friends, heard new music, appreciated great art, etc.

It really does get better and that goes for all kids and teens being bullied for any reason. And just as good news? It almost always gets worse for the bullies... ;)

Source: JoBlo.com

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2:03PM on 11/24/2010

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The point is just to say; look, things are tough in school but the rest of your life won't be as bad. You're forced to be in a place every day with people you may not want to be with who may not treat you right, year after year and everything feels like the end of the world. This is just to say... 'look, the real world is nothing like that, your high-school years are no indication of the rest of your life. Bear with it.... I for one think these things are probably very effective. I'm not gay,
The point is just to say; look, things are tough in school but the rest of your life won't be as bad. You're forced to be in a place every day with people you may not want to be with who may not treat you right, year after year and everything feels like the end of the world. This is just to say... 'look, the real world is nothing like that, your high-school years are no indication of the rest of your life. Bear with it.... I for one think these things are probably very effective. I'm not gay, nor have I ever really considered suicide; but it's the kind of message I'd love to have heard in school. Hope for the future.
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12:32AM on 11/24/2010

Good for Pixar

I'm not surprised that they would take a stance against bigotry but good on them for doing it. This is an awesome project and I'm so glad my favourite studio is a part of it.
I'm not surprised that they would take a stance against bigotry but good on them for doing it. This is an awesome project and I'm so glad my favourite studio is a part of it.
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12:22AM on 11/24/2010
Again, let me clarify. I agree that gay people are equal to straight people in every way shape and form. I support gay marriage and think gay bashing and prejudice in general is ridiculous. I just don't see what a bunch of Pixar employees have anything to do with anything. I don't know, I just don't see how this video would convince someone to not kill themselves or feel depressed or scared. It just seems completely pointless. If it helps people, then fine, but I know that I wouldn't give a
Again, let me clarify. I agree that gay people are equal to straight people in every way shape and form. I support gay marriage and think gay bashing and prejudice in general is ridiculous. I just don't see what a bunch of Pixar employees have anything to do with anything. I don't know, I just don't see how this video would convince someone to not kill themselves or feel depressed or scared. It just seems completely pointless. If it helps people, then fine, but I know that I wouldn't give a shit what a bunch of random people had to say. If I was gay, I'd be touched if all this stuff was said to me by close relatives and friends. These people are random strangers, why would I care?
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9:03PM on 11/23/2010
I've never understood what these videos and these celebs speaking out and stuff accomplishes. I mean, I agree with their message but are there really people out there going, "I'm gonna go beat up some gay people today. What's that? Oprah, Pixar AND Angelina Jolie say it's wrong to do that. I've seen the error of my bullying ways. Thank you celebrities." Again, good message, I just don't see what it accomplishes, but if it helps people, I suppose it's fine.
I've never understood what these videos and these celebs speaking out and stuff accomplishes. I mean, I agree with their message but are there really people out there going, "I'm gonna go beat up some gay people today. What's that? Oprah, Pixar AND Angelina Jolie say it's wrong to do that. I've seen the error of my bullying ways. Thank you celebrities." Again, good message, I just don't see what it accomplishes, but if it helps people, I suppose it's fine.
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12:27AM on 11/24/2010
You missed the point. This isn't aimed at the homophobic douchebags who are acting out their own sexual insecurities. This is about telling any marginalized teen, whether they're gay or just geeky, that life will get better for them if they just hold on. I think it's brilliant.
You missed the point. This isn't aimed at the homophobic douchebags who are acting out their own sexual insecurities. This is about telling any marginalized teen, whether they're gay or just geeky, that life will get better for them if they just hold on. I think it's brilliant.
12:31AM on 11/24/2010
Yeah, that's what I'm talking about in my second post. Why would I care about a bunch of strangers. I'd much rather hear this stuff from people closer to me, like friends and family. Then it's actually meaningful. I mean, good for them. There's obviously nothing wrong or negative about this video (that's why I haven't given it a red bar or anything), I just don't understand the need.
Yeah, that's what I'm talking about in my second post. Why would I care about a bunch of strangers. I'd much rather hear this stuff from people closer to me, like friends and family. Then it's actually meaningful. I mean, good for them. There's obviously nothing wrong or negative about this video (that's why I haven't given it a red bar or anything), I just don't understand the need.
6:37PM on 11/23/2010

yeah...it gets better.....

the more the country pussifies.
the more the country pussifies.
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11:46AM on 11/23/2010

Nice

Very nice. I've got some great friends and several relatives who are gay. It gets better - and yes, the guys tossing knuckle sandwiches around today, will likely be filling your car with premium unleaded at the full-serve gas station in a couple of years.
Very nice. I've got some great friends and several relatives who are gay. It gets better - and yes, the guys tossing knuckle sandwiches around today, will likely be filling your car with premium unleaded at the full-serve gas station in a couple of years.
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11:18AM on 11/23/2010

It Gets Better

This stuff is important. Just like how Eminem rapped years ago how with kids who thought rap was their salvation from a troubled life, it helped for them to hear guys like him tell them in the lyrics of their actual songs that they are worth something, etc. This, too, will help people. They'll see happy, fulfilled, successful adults with healthy love lives and careers and support and hear about the suicidal thoughts and the self-doubt and how that goes away eventually. Hang on, my LGBT homies;
This stuff is important. Just like how Eminem rapped years ago how with kids who thought rap was their salvation from a troubled life, it helped for them to hear guys like him tell them in the lyrics of their actual songs that they are worth something, etc. This, too, will help people. They'll see happy, fulfilled, successful adults with healthy love lives and careers and support and hear about the suicidal thoughts and the self-doubt and how that goes away eventually. Hang on, my LGBT homies; it gets betters. And for the guys that don't want it to get better for you; fuck 'em. THEY'RE the "fags".
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10:51AM on 11/23/2010
Pixar just did something beautiful, touching and gutsy. They took a very firm stance and offered support to LGBTs who struggle in this world. You can call it "gay" or make fun of Pixar (or the 100s of other celebs/high profile people who have joined this movement), but in the end, you who make fun are the idiots. Shallow. Heartless. Political and religious views aside, by calling this movement or what Pixar has done "gay", you are supporting the suicide. I am not gay. I have gay friends,
Pixar just did something beautiful, touching and gutsy. They took a very firm stance and offered support to LGBTs who struggle in this world. You can call it "gay" or make fun of Pixar (or the 100s of other celebs/high profile people who have joined this movement), but in the end, you who make fun are the idiots. Shallow. Heartless. Political and religious views aside, by calling this movement or what Pixar has done "gay", you are supporting the suicide. I am not gay. I have gay friends, coworkers and I am in full support of gay marriage. Never should someone make fun or tease someone for being gay. In the end, you will lose this fight...LGBTs will win and one day be recognized as equals in this world. So STFU haters and let messages like this go viral...there are people out there who need this. They need to know it gets better.
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10:32AM on 11/23/2010
Gay.
Gay.
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11:48AM on 11/23/2010
Be proud of it.
Be proud of it.
12:29AM on 11/24/2010
Ain't nothing wrong with it.
Ain't nothing wrong with it.
10:14AM on 11/23/2010
dude everyone there is gay?!
dude everyone there is gay?!
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11:47AM on 11/23/2010
How many people did you see in that video. Maybe 20 tops. There's over 700 people who work at Pixar.
How many people did you see in that video. Maybe 20 tops. There's over 700 people who work at Pixar.
12:30AM on 11/24/2010
Yes, everyone at Pixar is gay. And let it be known, that one day they will have sex with you. [link]!!!!
Yes, everyone at Pixar is gay. And let it be known, that one day they will have sex with you. [link]!!!!
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