childhood’s rough, you’ll get through it

Advocate: “…Bill Maher says that being short caused him to be bullied and ostracized as a kid and encourages viewers to stand up when they see it happening to others. The host of HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher recalls that besides being beaten up a couple of times, he was often hurt by being separated from the pack and feeling unwelcome as a kid. Maher tells viewers that people have to be taught to be good to others and if he had one thing to do over, he would stand up for other kids being bullied…” (Bill Maher Says Being Short Caused Him To Be Bullied)

On Top Mag: “…In the clip, the 55-year-old Maher said he can relate to the bullying some LGBT teens face. “This is the AA meeting for those who have been bullied. I have to raise my hand and say, ‘Hi, I’m Bill, and I’ve been bullied.’ I was short as a kid, that’s always a good reason to bully someone. They are smaller and therefore weaker and more vulnerable, so let’s pick on them.” “Kids are mean,” he said “Human beings actually have to be taught to be good people and sometimes that doesn’t happen in childhood.” “That’s it, childhood’s rough, you’ll get through it,” Maher added…” (Bill Maher Says He Can Relate To Bullied Gay Teens In ‘It Gets Better’ Video)

William “Bill” Maher, Jr. (born January 20, 1956) is an American stand-up comedian, television host, political commentator, author and actor. Before his current role as the host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher hosted a similar late-night talk show called Politically Incorrect originally on Comedy Central and later on ABC. Maher is known for his political satire and sociopolitical commentary, which targets a wide swath of topics: religion, politics, bureaucracies of many kinds, political correctness, the mass media, greed among people and persons in positions of high political and social power, the lack of intellectual curiosity of the electorate, among many topics. He supports the legalization of marijuana and same-sex marriage, and serves on the board of PETA. He is also a critic of religion and is an advisory board member of Project Reason, a foundation to promote scientific knowledge and secular values within society. Maher currently ranks number 38 on Comedy Central’s 100 greatest stand-ups of all time. Bill Maher received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star on September 14, 2010. His is the 2,417th star dedicated on the famous sidewalk (Wikipedia).