• 07/04/2014 (5:13:23 pm)
  • Bob Mulrenin

Thanks to Jeff Sheridan for sending this in

WWE's resident funny man is quite serious when it comes to bullying.

"People just have to learn to be nicer to each anther to respect one another," said Santino Marella, adding that even he has been a victim of cyber-bullying from "mean" Twitter users. "Sometimes you follow the pack and say mean things that you might think are a joke, but they can hurt someone's feelings."

That will be Marella's message when he joins Juicy Drop on Wednesday for a "Dare to Test Your Limits" party at Dylan's Candy Bar on 3rd Avenue in New York City at 3 p.m. For every person who attends the free event,  $1 will be donated to the non-profit Champions Against Bullying.

"Being a bully is really a reflection on yourself," said Marella, who will be take part in a "Wheel of Dares" contest where fans can take on fun challenges with him. "It's not just what to do if you're the victim, it's to identify bullying in yourself. Are you being nice to everybody? . . . Sometimes prevention comes within you."

Marella is among several WWE performers campaigning against bullying as part of the company's Be a STAR campaign. And, although WWE is in the business of featuring characters settling their disputes through simulated violence, Marella thinks fans can tell the difference.

"It's crazy to criticize it, because the people who are putting out this product are the ones who are going out to the kids and saying, 'Hey, what we do is a show. It's entertainment,' " Marella said. "You cannot settle your disputes the way we do on TV, because we are entertainment. That's one of the big messages that we teach in every school, and the kids understand it."

For the former Intercontinental champion, opportunities to entertain fans outside the ring may become more frequent as his days as an active wrestler are nearing a close.

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