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Prison Break star Wentworth Miller shows the world how to respond to haters in the most meaningful way

Prison Break star Wentworth Miller shows the world how to respond to haters in the most meaningful way

Openly gay actor Wentworth Miller became the target of a fat-shaming meme last night, but he turned the incident into a wonderful teaching moment that encourages others.

Uploaded by Facebook page, The LAD Bible, which has over 11 million followers, the spiteful meme featured a before-and-after picture of Miller accompanied by the caption, ‘When you break out of prison and find out about MacDonald’s monopoly…’

The before picture shows Miller naked with a lean upper body and a full body tattoo suit as his character, Michael Scofield, from the popular TV series Prison Break, while the after picture shows Miller in a loose red t-shirt with a visible tummy bulge.

The latter picture of Miller was taken by paparazzi back in 2010 when the actor was taking a hike with a friend in Los Angeles.

The meme had garnered a total of over a 100k likes and more than 12k shares since it went live.

However, it was taken down, supposedly due to the backlash from Miller’s fans worldwide, though not before Miller took a screenshot of it and then shared it on his own Facebook page.

In his post, Miller opens up about his suicidal past, his battles with depression since childhood, and the eating disorder he suffered in 2010, which he describes as ‘the lowest point in [his] adult life.’

‘I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction,’ Miller writes, ‘And I turned to food.’

Looking at the after picture now, Miller shares that he is more happy than ashamed:

‘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.’

Miller also admitted that it was not easy dealing the pain caused by the meme, saying that the first time he saw it on his social media feed, ‘it hurt to breathe.’

However, he decided that he would turn it into something positive instead by giving it ‘meaning’:

‘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 actor ended his post with a call-to-action and a list of help groups, including The Trevor Project.

As of press time, Miller’s comeback has received huge support from the Facebook community, with over 150k likes, 49k shares, and 22k comments.

Countless Facebook users have also shared their personal stories, and thanked the actor for opening up about his journey and speaking up against bullying.

Today I found myself the subject of an Internet meme. Not for the first time. This one, however, stands out from the…

Posted by Wentworth Miller on Monday, March 28, 2016

 

Back in August 2013, Miller came out as gay in a letter turning down an invitation from the St. Petersburg International Film Festival.

Miller, also a successful screenwriter, was invited to be a guest of honour at the event, but he cited Russia’s anti-gay laws as the reason for his rejection.

One month later at the Human Right Campaign dinner, Miller talked about his coming out and life being a closeted gay celebrity.

Miller is currently playing Captain Cold as a series regular in DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

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Posted by Wentworth Miller on Thursday, January 21, 2016