Today, actor Wentworth Miller went HAM on Facebook meme page ‘The LAD Bible’ for posting a really offensive and damaging meme of him.
They focussed on Miller’s weight gain, with the caption, “When you break out of prison and find out about McDonald’s Monopoly.”
Miller posted a screenshot of their post, with the following heartbreaking comment. It’s powerful, and also adds to important commentary about male body image issues and disordered eating patterns:
“Today I found myself the subject of an internet meme. Not for the first time.
“This one, however, stands out from the rest.
In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, I was suicidal.
This is a subject I’ve since written about, spoken about, shared about.
But at the time I suffered in silence. As so many do. The extent of my struggle is known to very, very few.
Ashamed and in pain, I considered myself damaged goods. And the voices in my head urged me down the path to self-destruction. Not for the first time.
I’ve struggled with depression since childhood. It’s a battle that’s cost me time, opportunities, relationships, and a thousand sleepless nights.
In 2010, at the lowest point in my adult life, I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction. And I turned to food. It could have been anything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the one thing I could look forward to. Count on to get me through. There were stretches when the highlight of my week was a favourite meal and a new episode of TOP CHEF. Sometimes that was enough. Had to be.”
Thankfully, ‘The LAD Bible’ has done absolutely the right thing and completely apologised. They also linked to a bunch of mental health help lines, and admitted they “got this very wrong”.
Wentworth Miller,We posted two pictures of you last night to our Facebook page, but today we want to say we’ve got…
This might be the first time we’ve ever seen TLB apologise for anything, and we’re stoked to see it.
Joking about mental health is never, ever okay. It’s very real, very important, and it’s never funny.
Source: The Lad Bible.
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