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Winona Ryder refused an autograph to her anti-gay school bully

Joseph McCormick November 11, 2017
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor Winona Ryder, co-recipient of the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series award for 'Stranger Things,' poses in the press room during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Winona Ryder once refused to give an autograph to her high school bully who called her a “f*ggot”.

She did it in the most Winona way possible, and it is absolutely brilliant.

The Stranger Things star has spoken about being bullied in high school and that her bullies would use an anti-gay slur against her.

Winona Ryder refused an autograph to her anti-gay school bully

“I was wearing an old Salvation Army shop boy’s suit,” said the star in Nigel Goodall’s book, Winona Ryder: The Biography.
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“As I went to the bathroom I heard people saying, ‘’Hey, f*ggot.’ They slammed my head into a locker. I fell to the ground and they started to kick the sh*t out of me. I had to have stitches.”

What’s even worse is that Ryder says she was kicked out of school: “The school kicked me out, not the bullies.”

Winona Ryder refused an autograph to her anti-gay school bully
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But the plot thickens. In an excerpt from the book, shared by @bleuvalentine on Twitter, Winona got her revenge.

Years later she bumped into one of the bullies in a coffee shop and, well; this story speaks for itself.

Winona Ryder refused an autograph to her anti-gay school bully
Ryder received critical acclaim for portraying a troubled teenager in Girl, Interrupted

“Years later, I went to a coffee shop and I ran into one of the girls who’d kicked me, and she said, ‘Winona, Winona, can I have your autograph?’” says Ryder.
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“And I said, ‘Do you remember me? Remember in seventh grade you beat up that kid?’ And she said, ‘Kind of.’ And I said, ‘That was me. Go f— yourself.’”


Ryder previously said that Mel Gibson was homophobic and anti-Semitic when she met him years ago.

The actor told GQ that he had called her an “oven dodger” – a reference to the gas chambers used to kill Jews during the Holocaust.

“I was at one of those big Hollywood parties. And he was really drunk,” she said.

“I was with my friend, who’s gay. [Gibson] made a really horrible gay joke.

Related topics: bully, Winona Ryder

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