After a father from England tweeted out that his son, Ollie, was the victim of school bullying with hopes celebrities could send the young boy some positive messages for his upcoming birthday, he definitely didn’t imagine the support he would receive from some of the world’s most beloved stars.
Christopher tweeted a thread of messages on Thursday, writing, “Strange request. Anyone know anyone famous/well known who could send Ollie a positive/9th birthday message. The bully keeps saying to him that everything [Ollie] has, he has bigger/better/more often.”
He wrote in another tweet, “[Ollie is] excited for his birthday but keeps being told it won't be as good as his own. I would be so grateful and I appreciate it is an odd request. Just would love someone to tell him he does mean something [and] bullying is not ok, ever.”
The northern Englander continues, “[Ollie], I admit has his moments, but seeing this other boy get away with this is harrowing. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. Thank you.”
And they came out by the dozens, celebrities upon celebrities from every part of the entertainment industry lending their support and love to the young boy.
Russell Crowe took to his Twitter to share a heartwarming message for young Ollie, along with the Jedi himself, Mark Hamill who told the 8-year-old, "The Force is [with] YOU — always!"
Hey Ollie, heard it was your birthday. 9 years old eh? Congratulations, Happy Birthday !!— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) June 29, 2017
@Hopenlesmyth Happy Birthday Ollie! Ignore the sad people who bully you & know you are loved by family & friends-The Force is w/ YOU-always!— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) June 30, 2017
Big Bang Theory star and self-proclaimed "nerdist," also shared a few words with Ollie on Twitter by letting the kid know it's important to always be kind, work hard and do your best. Plus, it doesn't hurt to play video games when youn can.
Hi Ollie! Happy birthday!! Remember to always be kind, work hard, do your best, and PLAY MORE GAMES!!— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) June 29, 2017
The always gracious and kind, Ellen DeGeneres also shared some words on Friday afternoon for young Ollie and reiterating her mantra, "Be Kind."
Happy birthday, Ollie! Remember, anyone who tells you that you aren't good enough is just plain wrong. #BeKind— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 30, 2017
Proving kindness matters, two of NASA's most acclaimed astronauts also shared their birthday messages for Ollie, with Hadfield also filming a 30-second video for the soon-to-be 9-year-old.
Hope your 9th birthday is out of this world Ollie. Just remember - a bully is a person too scared to do the right thing. Aim high dude! ?— Tim Peake (@astro_timpeake) June 29, 2017
Happy 9th birthday, Ollie! pic.twitter.com/vjDGha6XtM— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) June 30, 2017
The Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, took to Twitter to share a heartwarming message for Ollie, sharing that for a 9-year-old, he has plenty of things to be proud of. The Conan star also invited the the 8-year-old and his family for a meet and greet as he visits Leeds in September for a speech.
Tell Ollie happy birthday and I hope I can meet him in September to celebrate! pic.twitter.com/pS6RkB1MDT— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) June 30, 2017
Ollie @Hopenlesmyth have a great birthday. Always believe that anything is possible. Bullies are usually kids in pain. Show love back! ❤— Annabelle Wallis (@WallisAnnabelle) June 29, 2017
Actress, Annabelle Wallis, seen in this summer's The Mummy, shared some sweet words to Ollie, as well as insight into what she might seemingly know also about bullies.
Musicians, Dionne Warick, Ricky Martin and former Pussycat Dolls member, Nicole Scherzinger wished Ollie a happy birthday and some encouraging words with Martin telling the young boy, he is "clearly the bigger and better person."
Hey Ollie, Happy Birthday buddy! I just celebrated mine too! Maybe you and your dad would wanna come hang out at XF later this year? xo— Nicole Scherzinger (@NicoleScherzy) June 30, 2017
Happy Birthday Ollie ??? ??? #thinkpositivebepositive - you are clearly the bigger and better person ??— Ricky Martin (@RickyMartin247) June 30, 2017
Ollie! Happy birthday! 9 years old is a fun age! I hope your day was all that you dreamed. Shoot for the stars and always be kind. ✨? xx— Dionne Warwick (@_DionneWarwick) June 30, 2017
While not much else is known about the father and his son, Ollie, by news agencies, many non-celebrity commenters also replied, sharing how they too related to the messages that Christopher shared of his young son.
The overwhelming love and support also took Ollie’s mother, Natalie Hope-Smith to take to her husband’s account to thank everyone for their kindness, writing, “I am completely overwhelmed by everyone’s kind thoughts,” she posted in multiple messages. “You do not know what this means to me and will to Ollie when we show him.”
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