Little Boy Who Was Bullied For Wearing Make-Up Gets A Perfect Gift From Ellen
By Aimee Lutkin
6 hours ago
Reuben de Maid is a 12-year-old boy from Wales who has quite a set of pipes. He made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show last week in full-face glam make-up and did something very few adults would be brave enough to do on live TV—belt out “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls.
Reuben, who has a small but dedicated YouTube following, started out singing on his karaoke machine. He attracted enough attention to earn an appearance on Little Big Shots, hosted by Steve Harvey. When asked where he got a beautiful voice, he very sweetly told Ellen, “I think it just came from the inside.” And practice, he admits. Reuben also does all his own make-up and has been doing it since he was about 8.
Ellen asked if he wears make-up to school, and Reuben said he does. She asked if he was bullied and Reuben explained that he was bullied for a few months. “In my drama group, I used to get hit, punched, and kicked,” he said, “After two months, I tried to brush it off, but brushing it off doesn’t work. So I stood up to them and I told my mom.” Reuben got moved to a new school and has found his new classmates far more accepting. As they should be, because Reuben is a star:
Ellen congratulated him, saying, “Well, good for you for not stopping being who you are, that’s really tough.” She added, “And you look fantastic.”
Later Ellen asked what he wants to be when he grows up, and to the audience’s pleasure he said “a Kardashian,” explaining that he’d like to have his own make-up brand, website, and YouTube channel with his sister. Luckily, Ellen set him up with exactly what he needs to make his dreams come true, including a make-up set, a new computer, and a backdrop with the whole Kardashian brood to stand behind him. Reuben’s excitement was hard to capture:
But I think we will have a lot more of Reuben to look forward to if he was able to accomplish this much before he even got his own box light.
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Despite well-meaning campaigns, and perhaps a little social progress, bullying is rampant in schools (and unfortunately, well into adulthood). It would be nice to write this behavior off as a result of hormones and middle school simply sucking. But there may be more to it than that… And as much as we hate to make biological arguments for anything, there must be some natural selection at play. Even fish, who have never experienced the torture of having braces at a middle school dance, get bullied. Such was the case Kiwi, a lime green saltwater fish who had to have his eye removed after a cataract surgery. But, thanks to his dedicated owner and vet, Kiwi got a special makeover.
Kiwi’s owner told KTVI that after Kiwi lost his eye, the other fish in his tank began to attack him.
“They figured out which eye was not working,” Julie Morgan said. “They’d go up behind him, biting his tail. He had chunks of his tail taken out.” Morgan admitted that Kiwi was her favorite fish, so she quarantined him for safety.
Kiwi’s vet, Megan Baebler of Kersting Veterinary Hospital, decided to craft him a fake eye… Which we suppose is the fish equivalent of Invisalign for middle schoolers.
Turns out, making the eye was no small task. “I actually hand-painted the eye myself,” she told KTVI. “I used a mixture of some nail polish and some eye shadow pigments, actually, to give it some iridescence.” Sometimes, a little makeup really does the trick.
Kiwi underwent a surgery to have the eye implanted, and his quality of life has drastically improved.
A little anesthesia and thirty minutes later, the little bullied fish had a shiny new eye. And confidence (we hope). And before you scoff at Morgan’s attempt to help her fish’s social situation, have a heart. “A lot of other people would say, ‘Yes, put him down. Go ahead, it’s just a fish,'” she said. “Well, my opinion is nothing is just a something. And if I could give him quality of life, why not?” Amen to that.
And, thanks to Morgan’s efforts, Kiwi will be rejoining his tank soon.
We can all relate, Kiwi. Best of luck. (h/t buzzfeed)
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