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Oct 27th
02:21 pm
A sign of the apocalypse... Lainey Gossip loves Zac  
I kind of hate giving her attention in general, but this is a nice story and frankly, I can't believe I lived to see the day Lainey admits that Zac is an okay dude.

Zac Efron is kind


Me. I’m Zac Efron’s newest fan.

We’re heading to Tofino tomorrow and I will force Jacek to sit through 17 Again. Maybe some High School Musical. Putting my name on the list for advance tickets to whatever he’s releasing next. Because Zac Efron has just made a huge difference in the life of one young man.

Covenant House Vancouver works with homeless and at risk youth living on Vancouver streets. Through our continuum of care, Covenant House Vancouver exists for those young people for whom there is often no one else - young people who have either willingly fled physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse or those who have been forced from their homes.

Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens walked by our building at Drake & Seymour in Vancouver the other day. A young man (we’ll call him James) who has been staying in our crisis shelter was standing outside. Zac said hello, and he stopped to talk. James loves movies. He dreams of being an actor. If he can turn it around, he’d like to pursue acting one day. And Zac took the time to chat and hear his story, very directly asking James why he was at Covenant House, and James answered honestly, sharing details about his experience on the street as Zac listened intently.

When their conversation came to an end, James was hoping for an autograph. Zac wasn’t carrying anything with him so they said goodbye and he left…only the next day, a package was delivered to James at Covenant House Vancouver and inside the package was a photo and on the photo Zac had written a personal message to James, with kindness and compassion, encouraging him to stick with his program at Covenant House, and signing Love, Zac.

You cannot imagine how excited James is. Yes, it was cool to meet a celebrity, yes it was cool to get his autograph, but it’s even cooler that Zac not only remembered his name, but kept thinking about him afterwards, thought about it enough to make sure James received his note.

Sometimes that’s all it takes.

One of the most common sentiments I’ve heard from our kids is that they “don’t want to feel invisible” anymore. It’s the lack of eye contact, it’s the way we look away from them, even when they’re not asking for anything, it’s the constant shunning that hurts the most.

Zac Efron stopped at a crisis shelter and showed a lot of respect to someone his own age at the opposite end of the life lottery. Never mind celebrities, not many civilians would bother to do the same.

Thank you Zac Efron.

Note: I was employed at Covenant House Vancouver from 2003 – 2006 as a Development Officer. I continue to volunteer and fundraise and donate, I am a youth a mentor for the agency, and I am also the host of the 5th Annual Night of New Beginnings charity gala on November 26th as part of our “30 days for 30 nights” campaign to raise a month of support through the holiday season, often the most difficult time of year, for young people staying at our crisis shelter and our transitional housing program.

Click here for more information, to donate, and/or to attend our event next month.

Mood: shockedshocked
29 29 comments Comment
Shruticalcified on October 27th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
I think she's been gradually warming up tbh.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 27th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
i'd like to think she has and yet she always kills any niceness with her usual bullshit so i can't figure it out. but now i don't have to worry. wonder if she'll ditch the lame nicknames now.
Shruticalcified on October 27th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
Lol never, but perhaps she'll use them ~*~in love~*~ now.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 27th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
i'll allow blenderlegs, cause that could be okay when used in love.
Shruti: Zac | Birthday Sexcalcified on October 27th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
samwise gamgee.colfer on October 27th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
what a dollbaby.

is this lainey person really mean to him otherwise?
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 27th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
yes. and dumb.

she used to call him gay. she relaxed on that but recently insinuated it again after some silly fake craigslist ad.

then she started calling lipgloss blenderlegs moistface zac efron.

and she claimed that all through the mtv ma and then the tcas he pouted because he wasn't the center of attention. (which is clearly bullshit).
samwise gamgee.colfer on October 27th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
what's her problem?
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 27th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
she's a female canadian dumb-downed perez.

eta: none of those are her problem actually. but that's what she is. idk, lol.

Edited at 2009-10-27 08:49 pm (UTC)
samwise gamgee.colfer on October 27th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
well, you should know by now that people calling him gay doesn't bother me in the least, but if it's done with a nasty inflection, which i'm gathering she used, then yeah, that's not cool.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 27th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
well she didn't mean it in a nice way that's for sure.
jessica3311jessica3311 on October 27th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
And this is why I <3 him! Seriously what a kind heart he has!
IceGoddess: why so serious dirty little secretccmskatechick on October 27th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
He is *such* a good egg. I have a soft place in my heart when I hear stories like this, moreso when it's from people I <3 so.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 27th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
and you know if it came from a hater, it's true.
butterflybee260: pic#92281008butterflybee260 on October 27th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)

Aw that made me smile so big.<3
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on October 27th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
I never thought she disliked him- he's an easy target (in her line of 'smut' reporting as she calls it). I took the 'Lipgloss' nickname about as serious as Perez's 'Zacquisha'. She reported about him a lot during "17 Again" promo and aside from the aformentioned name, she didn't ream him too badly. *shrug* (I'm certainly not praising her, to be clear.)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 27th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
He is an easy target and I agree, she didn't hate him the way she hates, like, Ryan Reynolds. But she definitely didn't like him.

To me, Zacquisha is Perez's twisted way of being affectionate towards Zac, but (to this point) LG had no intention of her nicknames being anything but derogatory. The stuff about him being pouty during the TCA and MTV MA was ridiculous. And, prior to this, she's made no secret that she thinks Disney kids are ungrateful brats.

I think while he's been in Vancouver, she's seen that he's fine and has been toning it down to the point where I'd say she was neutral but still trying to make gossip. So there was definite progress even before this.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on October 27th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
She hates Ryan Reynolds? :(

I can see how nicknames (for some) are meant affectionately, while others (Lainey's, in this instance) might be meant as a legitimate diss.
It's totally valid and plausible that she's one of the more irate bloggers. I'm pretty limited on my knowledge of Lainey's site, as I don't frequent it.

If anything, I'm proud that Zac seems to only continue being himself and eventually that alone brings the loud noise down a notch. :)
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 28th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
that last bit is exactly what i love.

in fact, i was hoping from the moment he got to vancouver, that him just being him would be the thing to sway lainey... that she'd come across him being awesome as usual and sure enough, he got to her. it is inevitable.
-Jo-greenie_breizh on October 28th, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
Yeah I read it the same - I actually find Zacquisha as a nickname kind of really adorable and I do think Perez means it in a cute way. LG tends to be just plain mean to him and calling him Lip Gloss was part of that.
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on October 27th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
hands down, this is why we love him!!!!!!!!!

i said it in an earlier post......that little "money jar" has made a lasting impression on him, and he never hesitates to personally connect with people in need.

celebs are often accused of "doing it for the camera," but zac proves once again that this is not his MO in the slightest!!!!!

i heart him big time!
bettybaby63bettybaby63 on October 27th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
and i forgot to say, the post title rocks LOL
The Writers Denmusewriter on October 27th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
The future Social Worker in me just melted when Jess told me about this. I've visited a homeless shelter and it was one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life. I can only imagine how James felt when Zac took the time to acknowledge him and to care enough to listen to his story.

He just keeps giving me reasons why I'm so proud to be a fan. And kudos to his parents for raising him with such a kind, accepting heart. Young Hollywood and for that matter old Hollywood could learn a lesson or two from him.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 28th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
it is such a great story. i'm just happy more and more people see how amazing he is and hopefully learn from it.
I shall know when you give me one.actionvaughn on October 27th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
I'm glad she's finally seen the error of her ways. It's gonna be weird to see her loving up on him from now on though.

I don't know if you do tumblr, but have you seen this? http://meandorson.tumblr.com/
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on October 28th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
yeah, i'm not sure what to expect from her now.

i hadn't see that tumblr no.

i don't have a tumblr. i can't decide if i can handle another social networking thing, lol.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on October 27th, 2009 11:47 pm (UTC)
FWIW, there's a live stream for the "This Is It" red carpet: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/michael-jackson-s-this-is-it-red-carpet-premiere
-Jo-greenie_breizh on October 28th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
For serious, it's going to take me a while to get over that story and an act of kindness like this one.
lmv191lmv191 on October 28th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
He's done a lot of stuff like this before. She didn't seem that concerned about mentioning it. British, Australian and American kids don't rate with her? What a weird little person.