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Winona Ryder Was Bullied, Then Homeschooled

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Winona Ryder is known for a lot of things. Being the original pixie cut rebel, the shocking shoplifting incident of 2001, and being a 90′s poster girl for Generation X angst (remember “Reality Bites”? Of course you do.). Now she can add bullying victim to her list.

Winona Ryder recently opened up about a bulllying incident in Junior High School that actually went on to change her life. She had a short haircut at the time, and a group of boys thought she was a gay boy, according to ABC.

“I remember the halls were empty and these kids started shouting ‘faggot,’ and I didn’t think they were talking to me,” she said. “Walking home after leaving the nurse’s office — and I’ve never talked about this — I remember pressing on the bandage because I wanted it to look more dramatic. I had this inner monologue going of Humphrey Bogart, like, ‘being roughed up!’ I was pretending I was in some gangster movie. It was oddly my way of dealing with it, because if I didn’t, I probably would have been really scared.”

After the terrifying incident, Winona was homeschooled, which freed up her time so that she was able to attend classes at the American Conservatory Theater in San Fransisco. While she was there, she was discovered, and the rest is history!

“Had I not been homeschooled, I would not have been able to go,” she said. “It’s almost weird fate that it happened that way.”

From there, Ryder went on to receive a Golden Globe in 1993, and currently has three Oscar nominations to brag about. After her arrest for the above-mentioned 2001 shoplifting, her career in movies went down the tubes. But, in 2010, it had a revival with her role in the smash, “Black Swan”. Now she is enjoying a nice comeback in the upcoming releases, “Homefront“, which comes out this month, and “Divergent”, which is slated to be released in March of next year.

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Winona Ryder Was Bullied, Then Homeschooled


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  • Hey!

    This is such BS. Every couple of years there is a cause the Hollywood promotes — now it is Bullying — in a short while it will be forgotten and there will be a new cause. It is all so fake. Every kid gets picked on in school. It is part of growing up and part of becoming strong. Life is tough people. Only the strong survive. If you encounter a bully, hit them in the mouth. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, but fight back. That is the only way you stop a bully. Wait, we can’t do that in America either. Fighting back is not acceptable. You have to go cry on Twitter.

    America is becoming a nation of weaklings and this is just one reason why we will fall as a nation. The handwriting is on the wall. You think Russia and China are worried about Bullying? No, they tell their kids to fight back.

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