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Judas Priest Frontman Rob Halford Speaks On Recent Gay Teen Suicides

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Rob Halford, the lead vocalist of heavy metal icons Judas Priest as well as his own band, Halford, was asked about the recent attention given to homosexual teenagers taking their own lives as a result of homophobic bullying. In the interview with About.com, Halford said:

"I think more than anything, it's a picture of the way life is. You have all this sexting going on, and cyber bullying going on. It's absolutely heartbreaking when people are driven to the point where they are taking their own lives. I'm pleased that talented people like Ellen Degeneres and Neil Patrick Harris are speaking out. They are far more articulate than I am.

"The most imporant thing is to show the love and support that is out there for everybody, whether you're being bullied or not. It's important to look after each other and to nurture each other, especially in your school years. I saw bullying when I was a kid growing up in school. It has always been there. It's a very peculiar thing. It's a shame that it takes horrible tragedies like this to bring the spotlight back on. It has to stay there now. It can't just fizzle out in a couple weeks, like things tend to do in the media.

"Programs need to be installed in schools, or reinforced. Parents need to keep an eye on their kids a little bit more. The social interaction that's available 24 hours a day has to be utilized in a strong, educating, promotional way to let people who are going through those periods of their lives know that there's always somebody you can talk to. Don't feel alone. There's a way we can help each other get through these types of difficulties."

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brandedcfh420's avatar

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1. brandedcfh420 writes:

Its a "dead" issue!!!!! Thinning of the herd!!

# Oct 19, 2010 @ 12:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. BrianMN writes:

Good to see Halford speak out besides Kittie.
Now all we're missing is a statement from Gaahl.
Probably won't see anything from him, but really Halford is like the Elton John of the metal community. I'm glad he spoke up.

# Oct 19, 2010 @ 2:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. RTB writes:

Jesus branded, haha...
Robs definently a good representive for the gay community, personally I think elton john is an overdramatic priss...how the hell he got " sired" is beyond belief..why wasnt george michael sired..or is he?..

# Oct 19, 2010 @ 5:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Diamond Oz writes:

No, George Michael isn't knighted. I think he's in prison on drug charges at the moment so that's probably a good reason why.

# Oct 19, 2010 @ 5:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. RTB writes:

I didnt think so, but appreciate the response oz...
Have no tolerance for the flamboyant ones,, people like rob and others like him I have no problem with...

# Oct 19, 2010 @ 5:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. 2f8 writes:

Good for Halford for speaking up. But the homophobic responses are really disheartening. Metal is the voice of the voiceless and the music of the downtrodden. We have all been teased at one point in our life for listening to a music that is not accepted by the mainstream. Some musicians spent their school days hiding away playing metal to escape the teasing and constant torture of bullying. We should be supporting others who are in similar situation (no matter the reason). Not teasing and making underhanded comments about how Halford is an "OK" gay. And Halford is pretty flamboyant. He just happened to dress in leather and spikes. Which was accepted by the metal community before they knew he was gay.

# Oct 19, 2010 @ 7:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Cynic writes:

Good comment 2f8. Metal will always be the music of the doomed and downtrodden, all the more reason to keep the community strong.

# Oct 19, 2010 @ 7:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. DeathCrush writes:

Kids are so mean. What does this say about the HUMAN CONDITION? I mean, most of america is religious. Doesn't religion and especially christianity point to love your neighbor regardless? Even if religion is bullsh**, the teachings of it are most certainly not.

# Oct 19, 2010 @ 7:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Twobntouch writes:

Deathcrush, Kids are so mean because their parents suck! Plain and simple...

# Oct 19, 2010 @ 8:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Diamond Oz writes:

How does religion come into this? Bringing that up just opens up another can of worms. Homophobia exists all over the world, if you think it's bad in America, look up the current situation for homosexuals in Uganda.

I understand what you mean about being an "ok gay," but I think the flamboyant mannerism some homosexuals have is just a way for them to express themselves, the same way someone who laughs alot or a constantly angry person would. I would also agree that Halford is flamboyant, but he might not be perceived as much as say Elton John because his costumes on stage aren't quite as outlandish.

# Oct 19, 2010 @ 8:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. MetalByNumbers writes:

-prepares self for another thread full of arguments about religion-

No but really guys. Gays aren't that bad. My father is actually gay, and he certainly isn't flamboyant, annoying, or anything. I f***ing love my dad regardless.

np: Necrophagist- Stabwound

# Oct 20, 2010 @ 3:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. BoltThrower writes:

Bullying is a human condition. It's probably even a primate condition. Once primates started forming groups, they began to ostracize those that were different. Eliminate bullying? You'll be fighting millions of years of apparently successful evolution.

# Oct 20, 2010 @ 5:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. BrianMN writes:

Wow, can't believe all the positive comments here.
Except for branded but I've read enough of his posts to appreciate his unique brand of humor.
Thanks Oz for mentioning Uganda. The situation is becoming worse by the day even if the law calling for executions has been shelved for the time being.
I really think kids, gay or not , just need a place to go who are being bullied.
Bullying isn't going to stop, it's human nature.
I see enough of it going on still as an adult.
People, especially non metal heads are morons.
They can pass all the laws they want against bullying but really, it has to start at home.
Then at school where the teachers will actually enforce it.
Too many parents expect the schools to raise thier kids for them.
And as a kid growing up, all to often I saw kids being bullied and the teacher standing there laughing.
You need parents and teachers who actually give a crap.
They seem to be in short supply.
The other thing would be to have resources.
Web sites, phone numbers for outcast kids to call.
Like a ton of you I was forced to go to a private school growing up.
One headbanger in a sea of jocks and brains.
Outcast?
You betcha, but I had older siblings who gave a crap.
That's what helped me though it.
That and a daily dose of Slayer. \m/

# Oct 20, 2010 @ 9:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. RTB writes:

For sh!ts and giggles, I was refering " flamboyant" along the lines of demeanor, not wardrobe....thank you

# Oct 20, 2010 @ 9:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. brandedcfh420 writes:

OK PEOPLE I HAVE 1ST HAND EXPERIENCE WITH THIS SH1T!! I was bullied, physically abused and sexually abused as a kid! i made it through, but tried to kill myself at the age of 10. the pistol was broken, thats why it didnt work. i learned that by standing up for myself and taking a beatdown here and there shows that the bully is the piece of sh** not the weaker person!

all the whiny a$$ b1tches who cry and kill themselves over some schoolyard bullying, or getting outed, really didnt have a place to begin with! they saved the rest of the herd a lot of trouble by killing themselves! yes, i have had close friends kill themselves over some of the same stupid pre-school BS reasons that the people who killed themselves recently did it for. STAND UP YOU WEAK COWARDS AND BE PROUD OF WHO YOU ARE! Do not let your parents, some lame a$$ cowardly bully, or some fkn school tell you who you are supposed to be, or what you are supposed to be! f*** THEM ALL! You are you and you should not have to be something or someone who you do not want to be!!

Live your life the way you want, but do not let that life drag you down!!

# Oct 20, 2010 @ 9:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. n0thinghead writes:

wow, this is just a horribly saddening tragedy. glad to hear rob or other speak out on the issue. especially pleased with many of u here on MU to be tolerant of that. closed-mind, intolerant ppl are just so ignorant. it's hard to believe there's still even racism or homophobia even in 2010. by now, u think we'll be discriminating against robots.

# Oct 20, 2010 @ 11:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. BrianMN writes:

Sorry to hear about your childhood branded. Glad you found the stength to make it though.
I thought your original post was in jest.
Guess not Lol.
Anyway, before anyone else jumps on him.
It is his opinion, let it be.

# Oct 20, 2010 @ 11:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. PANDA writes:

I actually agree with Branded. Sure, I've had my share of tears and hurt over being picked on and stuff and so have several of my friends, but I would never change myself to fit in with those a$$hats. I had a really rough childhood, too, and I completely agree that people shouldn't commit suicide over this sh!t. I just don't understand why people can't embrace who they are and not give a fvck what anyone else thinks..

People can think Branded and I are a$$holes for feeling that way but it's kinda the truth. Yeah, it sucks that teens are dying.. and yeah, we should get over it and not discriminate and pick on people... but I personally think they shouldn't have let those other people control their lives because that's EXACTLY what they let happen and it's pathetic.

# Oct 20, 2010 @ 11:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. KickAssDuke writes:

Damn you broken pistol!! (shakes fist in the air)

# Oct 20, 2010 @ 12:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. MetalByNumbers writes:

Branded's post really summarizes my position though lol.

Bullying is indeed part of the human condition. However I wouldn't go so far as to say metalheads aren't capable of being just as much douchebags as regular people.

I for one am a huge a$$hole, and I talk sh** and pick apart people any way I can just because I think it's funny and it makes my friends laugh just the same.

# Oct 20, 2010 @ 12:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. brandedcfh420 writes:

LMAO @ Duke. I said the same thing for years!

# Oct 20, 2010 @ 2:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. ThrashattheHeart writes:

well said

# Oct 20, 2010 @ 8:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. KORNDOGG writes:

I agree with Branded! The strong survive, sorry if that sounds heartless, I mean Im all about saving the weak from suicide through groups, or getting help, or whatever they need! But bullying will never stop! Period! Doesnt matter which celebrities speak out against it. Its human nature, the way of the world. Everyone goes through it, but not everyone is strong enough to make it out. And it is a tragedy. Ive lost friends to suicide, most people have. But its a p***y way out, if it wasnt for the bad times, we wouldnt enjoy the good. Be strong, stand up and fight back. That is all

# Oct 20, 2010 @ 10:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. n0thinghead writes:

i was teased or made-fun of, but not actually bullied. i was (probably still am) a big nerd, scronny with glasses and all!! lmao but i nvr tried to hurt myself. i've been thru enough pain in my life of accidents, surgeries, health problems etc. lol but i'm fine (for) now. and i'm glad of the broken pistol branded. i can't imagine my virtual social life here on MU w/o u man. much love bro!!

# Oct 22, 2010 @ 10:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. brandedcfh420 writes:

ty NH, it wouldnt be the same here i guess!!! ahahahhaahaha

# Oct 22, 2010 @ 10:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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