Wentworth Miller Slams Meme Mocking His Weight
"Like a dandelion up through the pavement, I persist."
Prison Break star Wentworth Miller has opened up about his mental health battles on Facebook, after a meme mocking his weight gain began circulating on the internet.
"Today I found myself the subject of an Internet meme," he wrote. "Not for the first time. This one, however, stands out from the rest."
"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."
"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."
Miller has been open about his struggles with depression for a few years now. In 2013, he spoke at the Humans Rights Campaign Dinner in Seattle about his struggles with his mental illness as a teenager, and coming to terms with his sexuality.
Miller's post has already been shared over 10,000 times, with thousands of comments thanking and praising him for his words.
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The LAD Bible – the site that originally shared the two images of Miller's weight change – posted an apology addressed to Miller to its Facebook page on Tuesday morning, saying "mental health is no laughing matter".
The full statement read: "Wentworth Miller, we posted two pictures of you last night to our Facebook page, but today we want to say we’ve got this very, very wrong. 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.
"TheLADbible continues to cover how prevalent mental health issues are among our audience, as well as the damaging stigma that surrounds such matters.
We applaud your raw honesty and promise to now cover such matters in the responsible manner that our audience expects.
"Responding head-on to our post is something we applaud as it will help others through similar challenges in their lives. Once again, we got this very wrong, and we wanted to say sorry."