Jonah Mowry’s Powerful YouTube Video About Teen Bullying Goes Viral

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jonah mowry video bullying suicide teen gayI’ll admit that Pampers commercials make me cry – yes, I’m that sensitive – but this video by eighth-grade bullying victim Jonah Mowry had me sobbing uncontrollably. That’s because Mowry uses nothing but flash-cards throughout the video, titled “What’s Goin’ On,” to express his unbearable pain and self-mutilation, not to mention the fact that he’s contemplated suicide more than once. This is a boy who’s clearly suffering – yet he’s so honest and brave, you’d have to be a robot not to feel something.

Mowry posted the video to YouTube back in August but it’s only now going viral (funny how that happens). Nearly 3 million people have watched it as of this morning, with messages of support pouring in from random strangers and major celebrities alike (Lady Gaga tweeted late last night “Thank you Jonah for being brave enough to share your story + showing us strength. You matter to millions.”) [tagbox tag= “bullying”]

The video, which you can view below, begins with Mowry holding up a hand-written card, “I look happy, right?” followed by, “Well, I’M NOT. What you all see is the fake me.” He uses cards throughout the video to tell his story, which includes a lifetime of bullying, of being called “Gay. Fag. Dick. Douche. Homo. Asshole.” (Mowry doesn’t specify his sexuality in the video but on Twitter he says he’s gay.)

“I lot of people hate me,” he writes, wiping away tears. “I don’t know why… But I guess I do. Cuz I kinda hate me too.”

And while he admits that suicide was something he considered “many times,” Mowry states in one of his final cards, “I’m not going anywhere. Because I’m STRONGER than that and…I have a million reasons to be here.”

You can’t help but breathe a sigh of relief that Mowry hasn’t turned to suicide, which we’re hearing more and more about these days (for example, 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer  took his own life in September after posting an “It Gets Better” video to YouTube). That doesn’t change the fact that this video is heartbreaking, but it’s touching to see some of the powerful messages Mowry has received in response – including a series of YouTube videos by older teens and 20-somethings who were once like Mowry but who have grown up to lead happy, secure lives free from bullies and bigotry (these made me cry, too).

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  1. Ann

    May 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Hi, I am writing to say that I just don’t understand why people have to bully one and other. It’s more so with kid’s. Just last night here in Ritchy County WV A 13 year old boy hung his self because he was bulled in school . It said that he had told his teacher about it , and the teacher told him to just try and ignore it. From my understanding he has been bulled for some time now. I don’t know how the child is doing I only know that he was life flighted to Charleston WV . Something really need to be done about all of this bullying crap !!! But what ?? How many children get bully every day? I wonder? I bet it’s a lot. I have a niece in 1 grade and she is already being bullied by to boys. Bully’s in the 1st grade !!! WOW What is really going on? And how far will it be aloud to go? Thank you for taking the time to read this. God bless all of God children.

  2. John

    January 14, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    There is this one couple from Orissa, India who live in New York who is named Uma and Santi Mishra who is known as the worst asshole couple ever saying inhumane and obnoxious things ever and say back-handed compliments! Uma Mishra is truly the worst, unhuman doctor despite being an oncologist. He needs to pay the price for all of his unacceptable, obnoxious behavior in the past.

    He is on the website

  3. John

    January 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    The head cook of this restaurant in Huntsville, AL named Pane Vino is the worst, clear asshole ever by cursing unacceptably to his workers and seriously this must never go on no matter how stressful the environment. He has been brought to light and seriously he must be removed from this establishment so bad behavior could go away! Hope and pray he faces his karmic retribution soon. He can clearly deny his bad behavior!

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