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Tweet Tells Story of How Winona Ryder Got Back at a Gay-Bashing Bully

Monday Nov 13, 2017
Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder  (Source:Darren Calabresse/Canadian Press/AP Photo)

A detail that may have been overlooked for close to 20 years resurfaced last week. Actress Winona Ryder was once the victim of an anti-LGBTQ attack when a schoolmate mistook her for a gay boy. But how she got back at her attacker years later is priceless.

In a tweet posted last week, Twitter user @bleuvalentine shared an excerpt from Nigel Goodall's 1998 book "Winona Ryder: The Biography." The tweet, titled "Winona Ryder is that bitch" included the following excerpt:

I was wearing an old Salvation Army shop boy's suit. As I went to the bathroom, I heard people saying, '"Hey, faggot." They slammed my head into a locker. I fell to the ground and they started to kick the shit out of me. I had to have stitches. The school kicked me out, not the bullies.

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?'" 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 fuck yourself."


Microphone dropped.

The tweet recounting Ryder's story was retweeted over 166,000 times and received over a half a million likes.


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