Monica Lewinsky Debuts Powerful Anti-Bullying PSA

Monica Lewinsky Debuts Powerful Anti-Bullying PSA

The PSA takes a hard look at cyber bullying.

The PSA takes a hard look at cyber bullying.

Text: Christina Cacouris

The self-proclaimed "patient zero" of online shaming Monica Lewinsky just debuted a powerful anti-bullying PSA, taking online comments and having them reenacted on the street.

In the short, entitled "In Real Life #BeStrong," actors on the streets of New York target others with homophobic, racist, Islamophobic and other hateful rhetoric. "I think gay people are sick, and you guys should just kill yourselves. Just end your miserable existence," spits one man at a seated gay couple in a cafe. "All of you Muslims need to go back to the hellholes you're from," a woman says to another at a park. At the end of the film, Tweets with blurred out usernames pop up one by one, showing the same statements made by the actors. "All of these hateful comments were written by real people on social media," the video says. "If this behavior is unacceptable in real life, why is it so normal online?"

Speaking about the video to People, Lewinsky said the PSA highlights "how people hiding behind a screen will write something they'd never say to someone's faceā€”and what that says about the inhumanity of their actions. It's a stark and shocking mirror to people to rethink how we behave online versus the ways that we would behave in person."

Watch the PSA below.

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