Chris Rock: “Bullying Made Me Who I Am”

Catherine Bradshaw, PhD, MEd, deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Prevention and Early Intervention, says of Rock’s “perfect storm” position: “It’s good he can frame his experiences in a positive way and use them as a motivator, and he’s providing insightful commentary,” she says.

“Research shows that 80% of youth have experienced some form of bullying,” Bradshaw adds. “It’s clear Chris was touched profoundly by his experience, because he continues to draw upon it in his work all these years later.”

As Chris reflects on the past and looks to the future at the end of his successful documentary, “Good Hair,” the husband and father of two girls exclaims, “My job as a parent is to help them to understand that what’s on the inside is, if not more, beautiful than as what’s on the outside.”

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