Spider-Man™: Homecoming Stars And STOMP Out Bullying Surprise High School Students To Raise Anti-Bullying Awareness
STOMP Out Bullying, Laura Harrier, and Jacob Batalon two of the stars of Spider-Man: Homecoming surprised 500 high school students in an assembly at the High School of Fashion Industries to launch an anti-bullying public service announcement (PSA). The actors, who play high school students and friends of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) in the summer blockbuster, encouraged the students to practice the movie’s message of “celebrating the differences between people.”
Both Harrier and Batalon talked about Spider-Man: Homecoming being about celebrating the differences between people, offering the message of just being who you are and embracing who you are.
The event was a collaboration between the Homecoming cast and STOMP Out Bullying for the debut of their PSA, which includes Tom Holland and costar Zendaya, in honor of National Bullying Prevention Month in October.
Holland has previously spoken out about being bullied when his classmates learned he was a professional dancer. But he continued on with his lessons and eventually landed the title role in the Billy Elliot musical, beginning his career as an actor.
Many of the film’s characters don’t fit into the stereotypes typically portrayed in movies about high school students. Harrier’s character, Liz, is the most popular girl in school. Batalon’s character Ned is not the most popular person, but the message is that the best version of themselves is being the nerdy kids, and being friends with Harrier’s character just proves to the whole point: You don’t have to be a jerk to be cool, you don’t have to be a jock, you don’t have to be the head cheerleader.”