Wil Wheaton Explains Bullying with Compassion

I was a keynote panel member today at a funding session at a local university, and the experience reminded me of one of my favorite YouTube videos.

It’s a video of Wil Wheaton (the host of a YouTube show about board gaming called Tabletop) serving on a panel at a gaming convention. A kid asks him a question about people who make fun of them for the nerdy, geeky things they love, and Wheaton’s answer is absolutely brilliant (and quite touching). I’ll mention my favorite part after the video below:

So, my favorite part is when Wheaton suggests whenever someone makes fun of something nerdy the kid loves, the kid should ask the other person about what they love. Now, that might not always get a good reaction, but I really admire the compassion behind the idea. I like to think there’s a nerd in all of us–some people just hide it better than others because of insecurities. I like how Wheaton’s response not only shows compassion for the kid asking the question, but also serves the greater good of enabling people everyone to share what they love with others.