Sunday, October 9, 2011

Vinny from ‘Jersey Shore’ speaks out against bullying

Jersey Shore cast member Vinny Guadagnino may be famous/infamous now, but there was a time, not too long ago, when Vinny got bullied.

Now, Vinny is making an effort to bring awareness to the dangers of bullying by sharing his time in high school, his personal experiences with bullying and taking part in MTV’s “A Thin Line” campaign, which encourages kids and teenagers to relate, respond and end digital abuse and bullying.

“I was really awkward-looking and I got bullied a lot, especially by the hot girls,” Vinny told MTV News. “I was cool enough to sit at the popular table with the hot girls, but at the same time, I wasn’t the popular kid at the table. They would make fun of me and it would really hurt me, because you don’t want the girls thinking that you’re a loser.”

Although he’s now a celebrity with a 2 million Twitter follower fan base, he says he still encounters digital abuse. Not long ago, he posted a YouTube video with some of his young cousins in the background and, as he put it, "some hater called a little girl in the background fat."

“I’ve learned not to let it affect me,” he added, “but there are other people that can be affected by it. That’s why I want to share a message with young kids that whenever someone is pointing the finger at you, they have a ton of problems themselves that are making them do that. That’s their own insecurities talking.”

Tomorrow night, October 10 at 9 p.m., MTV will premiere their movie DISconnected, which features online bullying. Directly after Monday’s airing, Vinny will be a part of a MTV News special to discuss the growing concern of digital and physical bullying.

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