Gay Issues

Alye Pollack Silent Video Speaks Volumes on Bullying

| by GLAAD

Alye Pollack is a 13-year-old student in the eighth grade at Bedford Middle School in Westport, Conn. For the past two years, Alye has been unhappy and spent more time in therapy than in class.  In a poignant YouTube video, Alye says that not a day has gone by without hearing one of these words: ‘bitch,’ ‘whore,’ ‘fat,’ ‘lesbo,’ ’slut,’ ‘freak,’ ‘ugly,’ ‘weird,’ ‘f*g’.

What’s unique about Alye’s video is that none of her words are spoken.

“I am bullied,” are words that appear on a sign Alye holds up, while music plays in the background.

As of this blog’s publishing, Alye’s video has received more than 426,000 hits since it was uploaded to YouTube on March 14.  Recently the video made headlines in both local and national media.

GLAAD encourages you to watch Alye’s video and share it with others.  As Ayle powerfully demonstrates in her video, “words are worse than sticks and stones.”   Alye  hopes that after watching this video, viewers will think before they say things, noting  “it might save lives.”  We think those are words of wisdom.

GLAAD has reached out to Alye and her family and hopes to provide spokesperson training in the near future.