Wentworth Miller Shuts Down Internet Trolls Over Body-Shaming Meme
Sorry, Internet trolls, Wentworth Miller is not ashamed.
The “Prison Break” and “Legends of Tomorrow” star discovered himself the target of an Internet meme criticizing the actor for his previous weight achieve. Instead of lashing out, nevertheless, Miller took to social media to pen a strong open letter about his wrestle with melancholy.
In the meme (pictured under), a promotional photograph of Miller from his “Prison Break” heyday is positioned alongside a candid image of the actor, with the caption, “When you escape of jail and discover out about McDonald’s monopoly…”
But Miller, refusing to play sufferer to Internet cruelty, used the chance to elucidate the context by which these photos have been taken.
“Today I discovered myself the topic of an Internet meme. Not for the primary time. This one, nevertheless, stands out from the remaining,” Miller wrote on his Facebook web page. “I’ve struggled with melancholy since childhood. It’s a battle that is value me time, alternatives, relationships, and a thousand sleepless nights.”
“In 2010, on the lowest level in my grownup life, I was wanting all over the place for aid/consolation/distraction,” he continued. “And I turned to meals. It might have been something. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But consuming turned the one factor I might look ahead to.”
The photograph of Miller within the purple T-shirt was, in fact, taken throughout that point, the place deeply painful tales with headlines like “Hunk To Chunk” and “Fit To Flab” have been commonplace.
But with some perspective, Miller now seems to be on the pictures in a unique mild. “Now, when I see that picture of me in my purple T-shirt, a uncommon smile on my face, I am reminded of my wrestle,” he wrote. “My endurance and my perseverance within the face of all types of demons.”
The Lad Bible, the creator of the meme, later apologized to Miller on Facebook, in a prolonged submit reminding all of us that “psychological well being is not any laughing matter.”
“We definitely didn’t need to trigger you ache by reminding you of such a low level in your life. Causing misery and upset to harmless or weak individuals is just not acceptable,” the publish learn. “We applaud your uncooked honesty and promise to now cowl such issues within the accountable method that our viewers expects.”
Miller has been extremely vocal about his expertise with melancholy, in addition to advocating for LGBT points and numerous psychological well being initiatives, since he got here out as a homosexual man in 2013. He concluded his message with a strong plea to all these struggling like he as soon as was.
“If you or somebody you understand is struggling, assist is on the market,” he ended the submit. “Reach out. Text. Send an e-mail. Pick up the telephone. Someone cares. They’re ready to listen to from you. Much love. – W.M. #koalas #inneractivist #prisonbroken.”
If you or somebody you understand wants assist, please name B-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Outside of the D.J., please go to the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of worldwide assets.
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