Wasserman Schultz’s “It Gets Better” Video: I Was Bullied For My Hair, Now Its My Trademark
6:30 pm, March 15th | by Laura Donovan
Last year, New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Robbins published a book titled “The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth,” which argues that the quirky things that kids get bullied for often serve them well as adults. Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz is no exception to Robbins’s “quirk theory,” as the politician said in a new “It Gets Better” anti-bullying video that she was picked on for her curly hair growing up but is well known for it.
“When I was in school, I was teased mercilessly, all the time, about my curly hair,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Kids even made up a mean song about me and sang it over and over. It made me so sad. But now my hair is my signature look, and I wouldn’t change it for anyone, because it’s part of what makes me who I am. So when you’re in school, remember, it only gets better from here.”
Though I, too was harassed in school for having unusual hair (in my case, ginger locks, and we all know what people have to say about redheads), I learned in adulthood that physical attributes do not have to define a person. While Wasserman Schultz’s curls set her apart from other congresswomen and public figures, she’s most memorable for her strong opinions and being unafraid to stand her ground, not her appearance. That’s the beauty of grown-up life!
Nevertheless, many schoolgirls and boys still have a lot about which to be self-conscious (especially with cyberbullying on their plates), so hopefully we can expect to see more anti-bullying PSAs like this from political figures. I know I would have felt better about looking different than my blond California classmates had Wasserman Schulz released this clip during my junior high days a decade ago:
[H/T The Hill]