Hugh Jackman, who played the Marvel Universe superhero Wolverine from 200-2018, is using his powers for good. After receiving a tweet asking him to help bullied child Quaden Bayles know that he is a superhero, Hugh made a video directly to the nine-year-old child who was born with achondroplasia (the most common form of dwarfism). Quaden’s story went viral after his mother, Yarraka Bayles, picked him up from school only to find him hysterical and suicidal following a bullying incident. Yarraka was at her wit’s end and decided to live stream what Quaden was going through in hopes of showing the impact bullying has and to get help. Many worldwide were grief-stricken to see the child crying hysterically and saying he wanted a knife to kill himself. He begged for someone to kill him.
The video has since gone viral and Quaden is receiving messages, gifts, and money from around the world. Comedian Brad Williams, who was also born with achondroplasia, launched a Go-Fund-Me to send Quaden and his family to Disneyland. The Go-Fund-Me had a goal of $25,000 and has surpassed $320,000.
Aside from a few bullies who are bullying me for taking a stand against bullies, this fundraiser is unreal. So amazing to see all sorts of people come together. Quaden is going to have the time of his life! And it’s all thanks to you! https://t.co/vGLHQXzO0K
— Brad Williams (@funnybrad) February 20, 2020
You may see the video that Yarraka Bayles posted on her Facebook account below.
This is the impacts of bullying! I seriously don’t know what else to do! 😭
Posted by Yarraka Bayles on Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Both Hugh and Quaden are Australian natives with Braden being from indigenous people. Hugh Jackman’s message was two-fold. Not only did he speak directly to Quaden, but he also delivered a message to bullies. Hugh Jackman stated the following.
“Quaden, you are stronger than you know, mate. And no matter what, you’ve got a friend in me. Bullying is not okay. Period. Life is hard enough. Let’s just remember every person in front of us is facing the same kind of battle. So let’s just be kind.”
Hugh’s tweet has gone viral with over 52,000 likes and more than 10,000 comments. You may see Hugh Jackman’s video to Quaden Bayles below.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) February 20, 2020
Quaden Bayles’ heartbreaking video has elicited support and a response from people across the globe and many are using social media and hashtags to continue raising awareness about the dangers of bullying.
The hashtags #Quaden, #QuadenStrong, #IAmQuaden, and #IStandWithQuaden are all trending.
What do you think about Hugh Jackman’s video message to Quaden Bayles?