Canadian Poet’s ‘Pork Chop’ Bullying Video Goes Viral

Canadian poet Shane Koyczan, best known for his spoken word performance at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, has scored a viral hit with his anti-bullying video, Pork Chop.

An animated, poetic take on bullying and how it affects the lives of children and adults, the seven and a half minute video posted on February 19 has already received more 1.1 million hits and thousands of comments. It is part of the anti-bullying campaigner’s To This Day Project.

It’s also gotten the attention of sex advice columnist Dan Savage, who tweeted Koyczan that the video had him in tears.

Born in the Northwest Territories and raised in British Columbia, Koyczan has published two books, a poetry collection titled Visiting Hours, and Stickboy, a novel in verse. Visiting Hours was selected by both the UK’s Guardian and Canada’s Globe and Mail for their Best Books of 2005 lists.

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