Irish actor Colin Farrell has endorsed Stand Up!, a campaign to end gay bullying in Ireland.
The Hollywood star said he has witnessed homophobic attacks in Ireland against his own brother, Eamon.
Now the Farrel brothers have joined forces with ‘Stand Up! Don’t Stand for Homophobic Bullying’, a campaign launched last week by BeLonG To, an Irish LGBT youth organization.
“Each individual, as a member of his and her community, must Stand Up! In the face of this appalling brutality that plagues our schools," Farrell said in a statement.
"In effect, bullying is no less than the systematic doling out of pain upon the innocent. It is literally laughing in the face of somebody as they fall into increasingly grave danger. It's not my place to draw parallels, but we have had enough of such hardships. The world has."
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Adding: “Whether it be the attacking of gay students, which I witnessed first hand happening to my own brother, or students who are in the minority as a result of race or religious beliefs or any other such characteristic that separates them from 'the norm,' it is all wrong and has no place in a just and compassionate country such as I know Ireland to be.
“We have always been praised as being the friendliest and most welcoming race in the world. My wish is for us to prove it daily, in the school yards and playgrounds across this Great Land of Ours,” Farrell concluded.
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