Bullied Boy Launches Anti-Bullying Non-Profit After Viral Video
The young boy who faced his online bullies in a heart-wrenching video is now being showered with support (pardon the pun), including an invitation to the White House and an encouraging tweet from “X-Men” star Hugh Jackman – and is using his newfound fame to launch a non-profit called “Take the Power” to raise awareness about online bullying.
Last week, eleven-year-old Logan Fairbanks from the DadVsLogan YouTube channel filmed a video where he read some of the cruel comments people have made about him on the internet. Logan and his father Josh became viral stars last year after their “shower scare prank” video got more than 3.6 million views. Many of the comments were predictably cruel: “It’s funny because he’s fat.” “I hope he gets cancer.” “His dad scared the gay right out of him.”
Now people are rushing to praise Logan for his bravery in facing his bullies and giving hope to others. The story has caught on so much that Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Obama, tweeted Logan and his dad an invitation to the White House, which they happily accepted.
“X-Men” star Hugh Jackman joined in, which completely made Logan’s day.
Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted to say he watched Logan’s video from the International Space Station.
DadVsLogan also got support from Dancing Man aka Sean O’Brien, the Liverpool man who was mocked online for dancing at a concert and ended up having a huge dance party with hundreds of his supporters in Hollywood.
Logan’s new non-profit encourages people to join in the anti-bullying movement with a #SticksAndStones challenge based on his video:
Record yourself saying some of the mean, horrible things others have said about you; whether online, at school, at work or anywhere else. By doing so, you’re taking the words from your bully, you Take The Power!