Viewers watching the Emmys last night fell into a collective swoon when best supporting actor winner Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") thanked wife Lauren Parsekian for marrying him and then gave a shout-out to her Kind Campaign anti-bullying website.
The only problem was that all of those swooning Emmy viewers apparently picked themselves up off the floor and whipped out their smartphones, tablets or just booked it over to the desktop to see what this Kind Campaign business was all about, causing the site to suddenly crash, Moviefone reports.
If you haven't heard of the Kind Campaign — and you opted out of the Emmys — it's a nonprofit organization and school program that works to combat female bullying. Founded by Parsekian and Molly Thompson in 2009 while they were students at Pepperdine University in Malibu, the movement encourages girls to be more supportive of each other. In their words, they want girls to "stop the competition, stop the cattiness, stop the hate ... to be kind."
For her part, Parsekian reveals on the site that "girl-against-girl 'crime'" has been something she's wanted to address since she was 12 years old, when a group of her middle-school girl friends "turned" on her.
"I think the most important part of my story is how those experiences affected me as a young girl," she writes on the Kind Campaign site. "I became scared to go to school, my grades started to drop, I was scared to answer the phone and finding places to hide on campus became a daily routine."
Fortunately, Parsekian turned her experience into a positive and is now able to help thousands of girls across the country.
And thanks to her award-winning, doting husband, hopefully a few more can help, too.