October 8th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
Anderson Cooper is speaking out about bullying and believes that Vince Vaughn's new movie is part of the problem.
“I was sitting in a movie theater over the weekend and there was a preview of [Vince Vaughn's new] movie, and in it, the actor said, ‘That’s so gay,’" Cooper told DeGeneres of the trailer, which opens with Vaughn in a boardroom, declaring that electric cars are "gay."
"I was shocked...not only that they put it in the movie, but that they thought that it was okay to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it," said 43-year-old Cooper. "I just find those words, those terms - we’ve got to do something to make those words unacceptable ’cause those words are hurting kids.”
Cooper warned that such harmful words and terms often become internalized and can impact a child's self-esteem. “When you’re a kid, it can change the way you see yourself and the way you think about yourself - the worth that you give to yourself," he said. "I think we really need to focus on what language we’re using and how we’re treating these kids.”
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