Something special happened during the 2014 Emmys. When Aaron Paul took the stage to accept his Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, he thanked his wife Lauren Parsekian. Then he challenged the audience and everyone watching to check out her cause, The Kind Campaign. On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that so many viewers surfed to Parsekian's Kind Campaign website that it crashed.
The Kind Campaign is a worldwide movement to end girl on girl "crime." It is a very sophisticated way to end bullying among girls and Parsekian has said the idea stemmed from her middle school experience. Parsekian told USA Today in an interview that she experienced the torture and bullying of a group of girls that truly changed her life. She was liked by a boy who another girl liked. That resulted in the girl organizing her friends against Parsekian and bullying her for years.
Now she wants to end that girl against girl mentality and the Kind Campaign is making a huge difference in the lives of many girls. This movement has resulted in Kind Clubs in schools where girls can join up and be part of the anti-bullying campaign. There is also curriculum available for teachers and school staff as well as learning tools to help adults stop bullying and assist children who have suffered at the hands of other children.
If it weren't for Aaron Paul's Emmy speech on Monday night, the Kind Campaign would not be getting the attention that it has attracted the very next day. In his speech, Aaron said, "… And to my wife, my god, thank you for marrying me/ Thank you for dedicating your life to spread kindness across the world. We all appreciate it. If you guys don’t know what she does, look up ‘Kind Campaign.’ Do yourself and your children a favor. Kind Campaign."
On a night when actors are thanking everyone around them, often those who helped them become famous, Aaron's words helped spread a message that definitely needs to be heard. Have you checked out the website for the Kind Campaign yet? It is hard to get the website to load with so many interested in their message. Let us know your experience of childhood bullying and what you think of the Kind Campaign in the comments below.