By now we're all used to Stephen Colbert's zany, satirical antics, so it's a real shock to see him drop his shtick for a couple of minutes in this genuinely heartfelt "It Gets Better" video. Colbert steps out of character and recounts angst-ridden, childhood memories of getting bullied (and called a queer) in the schoolyard, and the pain and power that words can have. It's probably one of the most powerful statements he's ever made and it didn't even require an ounce of mockery.

Commentarium (7 Comments)

Jul 20 11 - 5:32pm
Debra

Thank you Steven....buts this is just toooo deep for young children and adolescents to understand.....children believe everything they're told and adolescents....are painfully trying to make it through .....it is our job as adults to protect children and kids from bullying....but nice try

Jul 20 11 - 6:23pm
nerkums

I got called gay a lot when I was a kid, too (for pretty stupid reasons). So I can relate to this.

Jul 20 11 - 9:34pm
julian.

Same. When I was like in 3rd-5th grade. Then again in 7th grade.

Jul 20 11 - 6:35pm
GBH

Further evidence that Stephen Colbert is a wonderful man.

Jul 21 11 - 1:02pm
wat

He is indeed.

Sep 04 11 - 11:18pm
bl

how can one man be so beautiful?