We should all be aware that Nene Leakes is an advocate against domestic violence, but did you know she advocated against bullying? I just believe this is a little shocking when considering the role she plays on The Real Housewvies of Atlanta. Now, I know she isn’t as much of a bully as Tami Roman (read: hitting people), but she’s almost there.
In an interview with The Advocate, Nene spoke out against bullying, and what would be some of the things she would do to prevent it.
You’re an advocate against domestic abuse. With the bullying epidemic in the headlines, what advice have you given your children about how to react if they see other people being bullied?
Bullying is insane to me. I tell people that I’m so strong now because I was bullied in high school. I remember in our school there were two girls that everyone was scared of and I was scared of them, too. They’d make the other girls fight each other. I’d say if you’re being bullied in school you need to talk to your counselor and your parents. Well, the school counselor, I’m really not sure that’s working. So many parents say to go to the counselor but the school says that something has to happen before they can really do something. I’d say talk to your parents about it. My son is 13 and is about to go into the 8th grade. If he was bullied I’d probably pull him out of school. I don’t know what you can do about another kid who is beating on your kid. I realize that every parent can’t afford to just snatch their child out of school.
Have you witnessed bullying yourself?
I have a good girlfriend who’s an adult and she feels she’s being bullied right now. She’s not a fighter. I feel so bad for her. She actually cries about being bullied. It’s a tough thing. I was in an abusive relationship for a long time and I didn’t know how to get out of it. I turned to a lot of people for help. They couldn’t help me because they hadn’t been in an abusive relationship before. One of the things I want to do to help women is form a home or a counseling center so they can just get away and go there. My abuser started abusing me when I was so young and I kept going back and I thought it was love. It’s a very tough thing to get out of. As for bullying, there’s no way I can let me child be abused after what I went through.
That adult girlfriend made me think of Cynthia. Y’all can disagree with me if you want.
Nene went on to talk about same-sex marriage and her support of the gays. She also mentioned a movie role that will possibly be with Beyonce.
You’ve made the transition from reality-based to scripted television. Are movies your next goal?
I did a film back in the day called The Fighting Temptations with Cuba Gooding Jr. I’m not opposed to film work, but I just happen to like TV. Actually, there is another project I have my eye on. It’s another Ryan Murphy film. It’s called One Hit Wonders. He’s already cast Beyoncé and Gwyneth Paltrow in it so maybe he can find me a little part in there as a backup singer or something. I would love to be a part of the film. Ryan Murphy, don’t forget to put me in One Hit Wonders. Ryan is very loyal.
I wouldn’t mind her in it, especially since Ryan loves her so much, but she just wouldn’t be allowed to be in any scenes with Beyonce. What say you?
Be sure to read the entire article at The Advocate. When Nene would mention the things she does in her spare time like being invited to Obama events, it sounded like bragging. She feels herself a lot, but I won’t be mad. And find out what she has to say about her role on Glee and her new role on the upcoming show The New Normal. I really think I may like it.