Internet Comes to Rescue of Bullied 9-Year Old: Read the Moving Birthday Tweets!

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Twitter can be a wonderful place.

Unfortunately, there's no place safe from bullies, and Twitter is just as full of vicious trolls as everywhere else. (And no, we don't just mean the current President of the United States and his infamous tweets)

That's why it is so, so nice to see Twitter used as a powerful force for good -- even if the only person being directly helped is a British 9-year-old.

See, Ollie has one of those almost over-the-top bullies, as many 9-year-olds do, who wants to impress upon him that nothing that he does for his birthday could possibly measure up to the bully's own celebrations.

We all know how that goes -- some little kid wants to make another little kid feel like he can't measure up. It's the exact same motivation behind why adults are nasty to each other, basically.

So, Ollie's dad Christopher took to Twitter to ask for people to ask any celebrities, major or minor, to send a pleasant birthday message in Ollie's direction to give the 9-year-old a much-needed boost.

That's not unreasonable -- there are grown-ass adults who tweet at celebrities to ask for a birthday shout-out. This seems a great deal worthier, you know?

But Christopher and his wife Natalie clearly never expected the kind of response that they received. Take a look at these tweets, and know that we saved the best -- or, at least, the most famous -- for last.



1. Christopher's tweets

Christopher's tweets
These tweets by Ollie's father, Christopher, are what started it all.

2. Stormzy's tweet

Stormzy's tweet
Rapper Stormzy tweeted this out. The guy whose first album is "Gang Signs and Prayer" might not sound like the person you imagine would fight childhood bullying, but you'd clearly be wrong.

3. Regina Looby's tweet

Regina Looby's tweet
Regina Looby is a radio and television producer.

4. England's tweet

England's tweet
To be clear, this is England the sportsball team, not England the entire country.

5. Chase Masterson's tweet

Chase Masterson's tweet
Chase Masterson is a fairly well-known actress whose credits include The Flash, Star Trek, and the UK's favorite timey-wimey nonsense, Doctor Who. Also she's worked to combat bullying, so this is really no surprise.

6. Tom Bosworth's first tweet

Tom Bosworth's first tweet
Tom Bosworth is clearly humble, but he's a British racewalker who holds records for a ridiculous number of different lengths of race. And, you know, he's an Olympian.

7. Tom Bosworth's second tweet

Tom Bosworth's second tweet
Tweeting is one thing, but this is above and beyond.

8. Reverend & The Makers' tweet

Reverend & The Makers' tweet
Reverend and The Makers are an English rock band based in Yorkshire. Just goes to show you that everybody wants 9-year-olds to have a good birthday.

9. Jason Manford's tweet

Jason Manford's tweet
Jason Manford is a comedian, so you can tell that he's serious about fighting bullying because he didn't crack a joke.

10. Ore Oduba's tweet

Ore Oduba's tweet
Ore Oduba is a presenter, broadcaster, and dancer.

11. Matthew Norton's tweet

Matthew Norton's tweet
Matthew Norton is a humanitarian and adventurer and created the Memusi Foundation. It's not every day that he gets to make the world a better place with just a tweet.

12. Russell Crowe's tweet

Russell Crowe's tweet
Russell Crowe is Russell Crowe. Russell Crowe's always been one of those guys with his heart in the right place -- it's his mouth and fists that get him into trouble. Honestly, we're half-surprised that he didn't offer to come by and fight the bully.

13. Ollie's mother Natalie's thank-you tweets

Ollie's mother Natalie's thank-you tweets
Ollie's mother took charge of the Twitter account to express her thanks (and, let's be honest, a degree of bewilderment). And also to subtly ask some of the more aggressive tweeters to chill. Good job, mum.

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