I don’t watch the X Factor, so I missed the recent performance by Jillian Jensen that brought all four judges to tears and even left hard-boiled Simon Cowell choked up and near speechless. After the show, he admitted it was the first time he’d felt that way during a performance.
What Jillian did with her voice wasn’t as amazing as what she did with her emotion–poured it into a song that made listeners feel the pain that comes from being bullied. Anyone not moved would have to be made of granite.
I’d love to get some feedback from bullies who watched the performance to learn how it made them feel. Did they finally get it? Did they finally understand how much pain their actions cause? Because many bullies bully because of the pain they themselves are feeling, did seeing Jillian make them realize they’re passing that pain along, unnecessarily so, and spark a touch of empathy?
Were or are you a bully? I’d love to hear from you after you watch the video. If you had seen it when you were young would it have changed your behavior? If you still bully, will it make you stop and think before you savage a hurting human being?