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This Fat Shaming Meme Reminded Wentworth Miller Of His Suicidal Thoughts

by Rob Smith March 29, 2016


Out Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller just shared a powerful Facebook post about online bullying culture, fat shaming, and depression that everyone should read.

Miller was struggling with depression in 2010, at which point he packed on a few pounds. He was inadvertently caught on a hike by some paparazzi, and the damaging meme you see above was born:

They took my picture, and the photos were published alongside images of me from another time in my career. “Hunk To Chunk.” “Fit To Flab.” Etc.

My mother has one of those “friends” who’s always the first to bring you bad news. They clipped one of these articles from a popular national magazine and mailed it to her. She called me, concerned.

In 2010, fighting for my mental health, it was the last thing I needed.

Long story short, I survived.

So do those pictures.

I’m glad.

Now, when I see that image of me in my red t-shirt, a rare smile on my face, I am reminded of my struggle. My endurance and my perseverance in the face of all kinds of demons. Some within. Some without.

Like a dandelion up through the pavement, I persist.

Anyway. Still. Despite.

For their part, The Lad Bible has apologized in their own Facebook post. They wrote:

“Mental health is no joke or laughing matter. We certainly didn’t want to cause you pain by reminding you of such a low point in your life. Causing distress and upset to innocent or vulnerable people is simply not acceptable.”

Meh, they’re only apologizing because they got called out, and we’re sure they’ll do something similar within the month.

Anyway, we strongly encourage you to read Wentworth’s entire post. You’ll be glad you did. Like Miller, we’ll end our post with the following message:

If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available. Reach out. Text. Send an email. Pick up the phone. Someone cares. They’re waiting to hear from you. Much love.

Rob Smith
Rob Smith


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