For the second consecutive year, 'Extra' host Maria Menounos sported purple on the air for Spirit Day in a stand against bullying and to show her support for LGBT youth. Maria, who's the only person ever to be named a Spirit Day Ambassador twice in a row, was joined by MTV's Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and Jenni 'JWOWW' Farley, as well as Paris Hilton, in sharing messages of support for LGBT youth on the show. Take a look:
Maria, who donned a purple dress for the day, also took to her social media channels to share support for Spirit Day:
— maria menounos (@mariamenounos) October 17, 2013
Maria is no stranger to advocacy though. Earlier this year, she and the 'Extra' team were on hand at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, broadcasting their support for equality to millions of viewers across the country.
The New York Times best-selling author is also the Co-Founder and Executive Producer of AfterbuzzTV- the largest new media platform on the web, as well as the Founder of Take Action Hollywood!, a charity that uses the power of Hollywood for positive social change.
Big thanks to Maria for all her support!
On October 17, 2013, celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Ashton Kutcher, Betty White, Demi Lovato, Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Cannon, Kristen Bell, Macklemore, Melissa Etheridge, WWE Superstar Darren Young and more went purple for the fourth annual Spirit Day. Eric McCormack & Debra Messing also wore purple ribbons during a Will & Grace reunion – as did TLC's Stacy London - on TODAY. Hosts of shows including Access Hollywood, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show, Extra, Good Morning America and the Wendy Williams Show also wore purple and spoke about Spirit Day on-air. The White House sent out messages of support on Twitter and tumblr. Sports leagues including Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the NBA, the NFL, the NHL and the WNBA participated on social media. And companies like American Eagle Outfitters, NBCUniversal, MTV, The Coca-Cola Company and Johnson & Johnson took a stand, along with hundreds of landmarks, schools, faith groups, media outlets, companies, and organizations. Facebook and Twitter users turned their profile photos purple and posted photos of classmates and coworkers wearing purple, and their messages of support for LGBT youth made #SpiritDay trend on Twitter.
Founded in 2010, Spirit Day is an international, united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBT teens and young adults everywhere. As we look back on Spirit Day 2013, please continue to spread the message and take action against bullying:
- Take a look at photos of who went purple to support LGBT youth
- Upload your own photos of you wearing purple to our website.
- Add your photos to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr using hashtag #SpiritDay
- Taking action to stand against bullying year round
Thanks for helping make Spirit Day 2013 a success!