Follow along, “I’m The Miz, and I’m a Spokesman.”
Not quite the catch phrase you thought but so apropos.
The Miz parlayed his WWE superstardom into becoming a key speaker for the WWE Be a STAR anti-bullying program.
And that makes him awesome.
Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) was founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE in April 2011. The mission is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through grassroots efforts beginning with education and awareness.
“I think [Be a STAR] is fantastic,” The Miz said. “When I was a kid growing up in Parma, Ohio, I remember getting picked on all the time, being told I wasn’t good enough. I wish I had a WWE superstar or anyone that would have told me to be more vocal about what’s going on. Tell somebody. Tell a parent. Tell an adult. Tell one of your friends. Maybe that will stop the bully.
“Having someone actually motivate people by saying, ‘It’s not cool to pick on someone. Get the person away from the bully, and tell the bully to stop’ is very important. Let’s face it. This is a big problem going on right now in the world.”
The Miz recently returned from Germany for the YOU Convention, where 150,000 students gathered during that weekend.
“I was doing speeches for the Be a STAR campaign in Germany, and it was incredible,” The Miz said. “From the feedback I was getting there, they might be having more problems with it than we’re having.”
Miz does not speak German but still conveyed his Miz-sage through an interpreter.
“It always makes me feel good to go out there and try to make a difference,” he said. “Some people say the best thing about being a WWE superstar is going out there and hearing the audience either boo you or cheer you, but I also think one of the greatest things WWE allows us to do is to do things like the YOU Convention with Be a STAR as well as the Make-a-Wish Foundation. These are ways we can actually make a difference in the world, and I love the fact I have the opportunity to do that.”
Students at the YOU Convention glad, too.
“One of the best questions I got from one of the students was do I think there should be laws against bullying,” The Miz said. “I told that person, ‘It all starts with you. It all starts with each and every one of us to stop bullying, and then we won’t need laws.’”
Be a STAR promotes positive methods of social interaction and encourages people to treat others as equals and with respect because everyone is a star in their own right.
WWE divas and superstars like The Miz often make school visits throughout the country (and world) throughout the year, discussing how they dealt with bullying and stereotypes while growing up and even into adulthood. They encourage students to Be a STAR.
“When I was a kid, I remember at John Glenn Elementary School, a Cleveland Browns’ player came to our school, and he told me to eat the right foods, be athletic. He came to our school to give a speech.
“My mom and dad can tell me to get off the video games, don’t eat so much chocolate, but when a Cleveland Brown said it to us, I did get off the video games. I did go outside and play, and I did eat the right foods. So I think [WWE superstars and divas] can make a difference because kids see us like role models, and hopefully I can be a positive one for them.”