‘Dat Comeback! Wentworth Miller’s Over 9000 Burn Response To “Fat-Shaming Meme”


The Internet can be a cruel place sometimes. In the past few days people of Internet, as we hope, learned a massive, lifelong lesson. Wentworth Miller is a world-wide famous actor who is mostly known for his role in Prison Break. He was keeping a low-profile for a while and living a life of his own.  However, a recently emerged photo of him suddenly put the star back on display again.

Paparazzis captured this photo when Wenworth was hiking with a friend at Los Angeles.

The actor's weight was visibly different than before.

Internet didn't miss this one and Wenworth's new looks immediately became a meme.

His photo spread all over the internet just in hours.

It was not long before this meme reached out Wentworth Miller himself. What brought more attention was his brutally honest and emotional response.

"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 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 favorite meal and a new episode of TOP CHEF. Sometimes that was enough. Had to be.

"And I put on weight. Big f--king deal."

One day, out for a hike in Los Angeles with a friend, we crossed paths with a film crew shooting a reality show. Unbeknownst to me, paparazzi were circling. 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 mom called me, concerned"

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.

The first time I saw this meme pop up in my social media feed, I have to admit, it hurt to breathe. But as with everything in life, I get to assign meaning. And the meaning I assign to this/my image is Strength. Healing. Forgiveness.

Of myself and others.

The famous actor's heartfelt post ends with a strongly supportive message for people who are dealing with similar issues

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. - W.M. ‪#‎koalas‬‪#‎inneractivist‬ ‪#‎prisonbroken‬

It's so hard not to love him more and more after such a beautiful and sensational response

His raw honesty and brave words brilliantly turned this situation to an act of inspiration and support.

The LAD Bible apologized after Wentworth Miller's statement.

Wentworth Miller,We posted two pictures of you last night to our Facebook page, but today we want to say we’ve got...

Posted by The LAD Bible on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Here is the original post on Wentworth Miller's Facebook Page.

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