Controversial American singing superstar Lady Gaga is among the celebrities who wants an end to bullying around the world. In her Twitter account, Gaga said she hopes to meet with United States president Barrack Obama to tackle the serious issue of bullying. Gaga told her 13.7 million followers in Twitter that she felt sad on the suicide death of a 14-year-old New York boy who had complained in an online video about being bullied over his sexuality.
The singing superstar said bullying needs to be stopped by crafting laws that will imposed strong penalties to bullies. According to reports, Jamey Rodemeyer complained of being taunted in his school hallways and receiving hateful messages online because he was gay. In his blog, Rodemeyer admitted being gay and made frequent references to suicide and to his idol, Lady Gaga, who often sings about acceptance of gays and lesbians.
Rodemeyer’s parents said the boy had been bullied for years but appeared to be doing better since beginning high school a few weeks ago.Earlier, Obama said bullying need to stop to bring relief to an estimated 13 million students victimized by school bullies. The president said he hoped to “dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up. It’s not.”
Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior, which may manifest as abusive treatment, the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when habitual and involving an imbalance of power. It may involve verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion and may be directed persistently towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability. The “imbalance of power” may be social power and/or physical p ower. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a “target.”