Following the tragic suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi – who took his life on September 22 after his roommate secretly broadcast a recording of him having a sexual encounter with another man - Neil Patrick Harris is reaching out to gay youth and urging them to "be proud."
In a recorded message for MTV, the 37-year-old openly gay "How I Met Your Mother" star - who is expecting twins with partner David Burtka – acknowledged, "When you're young, when you're in elementary school, when you're in high school, it's important to try and fit in and be accepted and to be part of the average. Everyone does it, that's the way it goes."
But, Harris added, those who get bullied or feel like an outsider should know things will get better.
If you watched last night's Super Bowl, there's no way you could have missed Neil Patrick Harris holding up a sign that read, "Hey Ladies, Call Barney Stinson at 1-877-987-6401."
For those of you who don't watch CBS's "How I Met Your Mother," Harris plays the womanizing Barney Stinson who, as Harris told "The Early Show" back in 2006, "works in the dark arts."
The phone line has been busy all morning, but there's a recording of the message over on YouTube.
Here's the transcript:
There's a famous saying attributed to comedian George Burns : "The secret of acting is sincerity. If you can fake that, you've got it made."
It's a Hollywood truism, but I really think the stars who turned out for the CNN Heroes show were sincerely moved by the people they honored. Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Pierce Brosnan, Neil Patrick Harris, Dwayne Johnson and George Lopez were among the celebs who introduced the 10 finalists for "CNN Hero of the Year", each of the nominees an "everyday person doing the extraordinary."
I love Ellen DeGeneres; really, I do. She is awesome and I love watching her show but I just can’t see her as the fourth American Idol judge. She is funny, she does great interviews with celebs and she is a heck of a dancer, but that being said, I could sooner see her as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance than on American Idol. I have to wonder- why didn’t the powers that be pick upcoming guest host Neil Patrick Harris as a permanent judge?
Full disclosure: I have an enormous crush on Neil Patrick Harris. I first fell in love with NPH when I was a little girl watching him on Doogie Howser M.D. Now I can’t miss an episode of How I Met Your Mother: his Barney Stinson is one of the best characters on TV. I am not saying we should include him just because I like him; it’s that he is more qualified for the job. NPH is an accomplished singer and performer, having even appeared on Broadway. He has danced his way through Hollywood onto Sesame Street and all the way to the Tony’s- which, by the way, he hosted this year. He even stars in this phenomenally inventive web series, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, that my colleague Sid Lipsey recently turned me on to.
Now, you may be thinking, surely NPH is too busy to add yet another job to his plate, right? No! He is such an avid fan that he is at every taping of “American Idol”, in fact they often show him when they do their celebrity shots of the crowd. So why not take advantage of this great find sitting right under your nose?
What do you think- is Ellen the right fit? Would you have liked Neil Patrick Harris more? Do you have a completely different suggestion? Tell me what you think!
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