It should be to no one’s surprise that this country is becoming more and more divided across racial and political lines. As unfortunate as this is for our nation, it seems that some people have no problem exploiting these tensions all to get some attention for themselves.
Halle Berry is someone who did just that. In a recent interview, the Oscar winning actress spoke about what it was like growing up biracial in an all-white school, where she said that she was bullied and labeled with racial slurs. Unfortunately for her, many of her classmates have come forward to tell the truth – that Berry was in fact extremely popular and admired among her classmates.
The actress claimed that she was bullied because of the color of her skin. “Because my mother was white and my father was black…so we got called Oreos and names, and kids just didn’t understand, so we were different.”
“We were the brunt of a lot of jokes,” she said, “So, I think my need to please and my desire to achieve was because I was constantly trying to prove that I was as good as the other white students. I felt very ‘less than,’ and I thought, ‘If I can beat them at everything, then I can be as good as them.’”
It seems that playing victim hasn’t worked out too well for the Hollywood actress, however, as many of her classmates have gone on Facebook to set the record straight.
“When did Bedford become (or was) all white???” asked Glenn R., one member of the high school’s Facebook group. Another member, Rachel W., stated, “I didn’t know Halle personally so while I certainly can’t speak to her individual experience I can speak to how I looked at her and how all my friends looked at her in high school. My female friends (black and white) and I thought she was gorgeous and wanted to look like her while my male friends (black and white) had massive crushes on her and wanted to date her.”
Interestingly enough, Rachel W. also stated, “Curious also that she left out the fact she was elected Prom Queen by the entire student body, black and white.” Some group members even supplied pictures of a young Berry surrounded by her peers–both black and white.
Many other commenters echoed similar sentiments that Berry was extremely popular and held in high regard by almost everyone in the school. But even more revealing are some of the commenters who have said this wasn’t the first time they remembered the actress making these false claims.
“I remember reading an article 10 or more years ago where she stated the same things,” Jeff A. said.
“Halle is whining for attention. If she wanted to change the way things are she would be doing something. She could easily afford to give a lot, but she doesn’t.” said Dawn T.
“She gave an interview on Lifetime about 20 years ago claiming all the same stuff,” Jeff A. added.
As the comments trickled in, it became readily apparent that Berry wasn’t entirely honest about her school experience.
In the overly liberal Hollywood crowd, claiming victim of racial prejudice may very well be a form of virtue signaling. To do so at the expense of former friends and classmates reflects negatively on Berry’s character.