Gay freestyle skier and Olympian Gus Kenworthy, along with baseball star Pete Alonso, calls for bullying in social networks not to be accepted but reported.
He himself had already thought about hate posts to delete his profiles, says Kenworthy in the video for the new campaign “Shred Hate”. Alonso, First Baseman of the New York Mets, answers, “The good thing is you can do something about it.” Namely to use the reporting functions on Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, and Co.
“Participate this summer in a youth movement that anonymously displays cyberbullying and is putting pressure on the platforms on this issue in parallel,” the campaign website, which also advertises fellowships with $ 5,000 scholarships, said. “This is where a safer, happier and better internet starts.”
Gus Kenworthy is one of the most famous gay celebrities in the US. Before and at the Olympic Winter Games 2018, he made several international headlines. First, he was shown in a commercial for “Head & Shoulders” with a rainbow flag. Then he fiercely criticized that with Vice President Mike Pence an extremely homophobic politician leads the US Olympic delegation. On Instagram, he posted a selfie with figure skater Adam Rippon and the slogan “We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it”. In the live broadcast by NBC, Kenworthy kissed his life partner Matt before a contest. Finally, he even rescued a young bitch from a dog farm in front of the cooking pot.