Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Bullies, Gay Daddies, and the Princess Boy
With all the stories about bullying in the news recently I couldn't help thinking how would I react, if I was a dad, and one of my kids was being bullied.
Because it would drive me crazy. I hate bullies of all ages, but seeing a happy child turning into a sad, withdrawn one, and feeling helpless to do anything about it, must be one of the worst feelings in the world.
Which is another reason, the whole idea of parenthood...which my mother loves so much... makes me feel faint.
And besides as if bullying wasn't bad enough, I recently saw the Swedish film Patrik Age 1.5. Where two gay men think they are adopting a baby.
Only to end up parenting a 15-year-old homophobic juvenile delinquent.
And although the film had a happy ending, I was practically traumatized eh?
But if Seb and I ever adopted a kid. And it's NEVER going to happen Mum.
I hope that we'd be as cool as these amazing parents and their little princess boy...
Because every little boy and girl should be allowed to be who they are. And if there were more great parents like that, the world would be a happier place.
Except that as much as I loved that gentle video, I couldn't help thinking how are they going to protect that kid from the bullies who would DESTROY him?
So all I can say is, I won't be a daddy. Because you have to be very special to be a good one. And I won't wearing purple today.
Because I don't own anything that colour.
But I will remember those dead kids, the children who are suffering in our Canadian schools. And that gentle little princess boy.
And I will fight bullies, homophobia, and all other kinds of bigotry.
Until the day I DIE...