Canadian Singer Responds to Tragic Suicide of Cyberbullied BC Girl

Morgan Cameron Ross emailed this to me today:

I watched the un-nerving and difficult Amanda Todd video, posted before the Coquitlam girls suicide online.  It hit home with me and I quickly did a little video responding to the events. 

Like so many of us, I suffered/suffer from pretty intense bouts of depression, and as someone that has found himself on the healthy side of things, and as someone that finds himself somewhat in the spotlight, I am trying hard to be vocal and open about my past battles, the bullying I faced, and how many of us musicians, performers, have gone through similar things as these kids.

Long story short, I posted a video trying to talk openly about my struggles, and how I got through them and am really happy with who I am.  I think more of us folks in the spotlight need to be vocal, not only about how unacceptable bullying is, but open with our past struggles as the bullied.

This is half rant, and half the fact that more people like myself, need to speak up and let youngsters know that the people on tv and radio have been where these kids currently are.  And we have all lived to be the people on the posters of these upset kids walls.

I’ve received over 100 personal messages of people talking with me, thanking me, and ridiculing me.  Dialogue is the healthiest route we have to helping lift the veil of negative stigma surrounding all these issues.  Talking seems like a beautiful thing.

[Hey, YouTube!  You might wanna remove the roll-up commercial to Amanda’s video.  Talk about poor product placement, not to mention tastelessness of incredible proportions. – AC]

 

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Canadian Singer Responds to Tragic Suicide of Cyberbullied BC Girl

  • October 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm
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    Canadian singer Matthew Good has been tweeting and using Facebook to talk about this issue as well. there are some interesting points he makes about it all too.

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  • October 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm
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    Alan,
    If YouTube wanted to do a roll-up commercial, how about they GIVE that space to the kids help line. Might be the best spot for them to have at the moment.

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