Lizzie Velasquez Speaks Against Cruel Internet Meme

The Internet and cyberbullying have gone hand in hand for ages now. People somehow feel the need to bully and ridicule others on their looks, financial conditions, health, etc. and take pleasure at the expense of someone else’s peace of mind.  Sitting behind a screen and anonymously saying what you can’t on in real life has exposed the most despicable lowlifes within our societies best suited in the gutters.

Memes have also become a part of the problem. Although most of the people share them in good spirits and just for fun, we tend to forget that most of the faces used in memes are usually without their consent. No one really knows who are the people behind the First World Problems Girl, Scumbag Steve, or Hipster Barista, etc. and did they ever want to get this unexpected internet fame!

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Likewise, recently a very repulsive and abhorrent meme started floating around, featuring Lizzie Velásquez and some incredibly rude and abrasive captions commenting on her looks. Lizzie, 27, has been suffering from a rare congenital disease since birth due to which her body is unable to store fat, affecting the size and shape of her limbs and face.

She came across this latest meme while scrolling through her Facebook feed, but like rather than dropping down to their level, the motivational speaker, author and anti-bullying activist was characteristically magnanimous, balanced and wise in her response.

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She wrote on her Instagram post:

“I’ve seen a ton of memes like this all over Facebook recently. I’m writing this post not as someone who is a victim but as someone who is using their voice. Yes, it’s very late at night as I type this but I do so as a reminder that the innocent people that are being put in these memes are probably up just as late scrolling through Facebook and feeling something that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

No matter what we look like or what size we are, at the end of the day we are all human. I ask that you keep that in mind the next time you see a viral meme of a random stranger. At the time you might find it hilarious but the human in the photo is probably feeling the exact opposite. Spread love not hurtful words via a screen. Xoxo Lizzie.”

I've seen a ton of memes like this all over @facebook recently. I'm writing this post not as someone who is a victim but as someone who is using their voice. Yes, it's very late at night as I type this but I do so as a reminder that the innocent people that are being put in these memes are probably up just as late scrolling through Facebook and feeling something that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. No matter what we look like or what size we are, at the end of the day we are all human. I ask that you keep that in mind the next time you see a viral meme of a random stranger. At the time you might find it hilarious but the human in the photo is probably feeling the exact opposite. Spread love not hurtful words via a screen. Xoxo Lizzie

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Sadly, she isn’t a stranger to this type of bullying. Even back in 2015, she expressed her feelings when she found a photo of herself on YouTube titled the “ugliest woman in the world.” Lizzie, who is 5ft2ins and weighs 30kg, was only 17 at that time and exasperatedly admitted:

“I felt like someone was putting a fist through the computer screen and physically punching me. I bawled my eyes…

It made me feel awful, I think if anyone were to put themselves in my shoes the moment I found that video, and reading all the comments, I think you’d instantly knew how I felt. It was horrible, I was upset, I was angry, and I didn’t know how I was going to pick myself back up from it.’

But all of this negativity hasn’t let her go down, and in response, she has been busy raising her voice against the body shaming and intolerance in our society done under the facade of “trolling”.

She had a message for all the people who suffer from bullying:

“I mean I think my biggest piece of advice is number one you’re not alone in what you’re going through.  There is a light on the other side of being bullied and if I was able to find it … I hope you can also find it.’

More power to you Lizzie! For us, you are one of the very few beautiful people around in this messed up world!

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