STOMP Out Bullying™ Global Ambassador Logan Browning (Actress, "Dear White People") hosted this year’s Culture Shock event, welcoming fellow actors Katherine McNamara (Actress, currently stars in the CW’s “Arrow” as "Mia Smoak (aka Blackstar)"), Michaela Jaé Rodriquez (Actress, "Pose"), Hudson Yang (Actor, "Fresh Off The Boat", upcoming “The Ray”) and Jordan Fisher (Actor & Singer, "To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” & “Work It”, soon to be on The CW’s “The Flash") to share their personal stories and experiences with a live student audience tuning in from across the country, and the world.
The panelists addressed the issues of culture, race, identity, sexuality, physical bullying, verbal bullying and more as they opened up about where they came from, the adversities they each faced, how they handled them, and shared advice not just on how to change your own personal journey, but how to change the culture.
All of our panelists agreed on these Key Takeaways:
- Find Your Tribe - Surround yourself with people who see you for who you are, and seek to understand you. Like Michaela Jaé Rodriquez, you may be seen as “too black, too white…” too anything to fit in. But when you find an ally, you fit in everywhere.
- Communicate - Find a way to have the difficult conversations that allow people with differences to achieve respect, maybe even common ground. Like Katherine McNamara, you may find that seeking to communicate opens up your world to learning and listening, and ultimately a new level of compassion.
- Never Answer Violence with Violence - Instead of fighting, try talking. Try finding common ground. Like Hudson Yang, your bully may end up being one of your best friends.
- It Is Never Your Fault - It is not your fault how you were born. The person who mistreats you for something that is out of your control is at fault. Guard your mental health by choosing the positive in life. Like Jordan Fisher, accept and spread only love, respect, support, civility and friendship.
If you didn't have an opportunity to join the livestream of STOMP Out Bullying's 2021 Culture Shock, you can catch the replay of this powerful conversation and call to Change The Culture and End The Hate.
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