I was scheduled to write something else today, but this really wound me up, so settle in for another ranty post, kids.
Last night I was browsing on Facebook (/putting off writing my coursework), when I saw this meme:
And all I could think was have we learnt nothing?! It was only a few months ago that The Lad Bible posted an image of Wentworth Miller, captioned ‘when you break out of prison and find out about McDonald’s monopoly’. I’m not saying that the situations are the same (I, like most people, haven’t the foggiest idea what’s going on in Lautner’s life), but after Miller publicly posted a response to his meme, you’d think we’d have learnt to be a little bit kinder.
Miller’s response (read the full post here) stated that he was ‘suicidal’ and that he’s ‘struggled with depression since childhood’. Imagine battling with serious mental health issues, and then waking up one morning to find that some idiots had picked out a photo of you at your lowest for the whole world to laugh at? I’m pretty sure that even the most confident person would feel like shit after that, let alone somebody that isn’t 100% happy with themselves in the first place. I think in a world where female appearance is so heavily criticised it’s often easy to forget that men face this backlash too. The difference is, however, that guys are often told to ‘man up’ and get over it.
It’s also easy to forget that celebrities have feelings as well. They’re isolated from the ‘real world’, and so their flaws are exposed for all to see. But they are human. You wouldn’t go up to a stranger in the street and call them fat (or if you would then you need to sit down and have a frickin’ word with yourself), so why is it okay to berate celebrities for putting on weight? They have eyes and they have ears- they’re not oblivious to the fact they’re being laughed at.
I love memes: a group chat wouldn’t be the same without them. But next time you ‘like’ one, or tag your mate in it, take a sec to think about what you’re supporting. Like most kids, I was taught when growing up that ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say it at all’. Female and male mental health is incredibly important and something I feel really strongly about, having had my own difficulties with it in the past (and sometimes in the present!). And mixing mental health issues with feelings about weight loss is a dangerous, dangerous game to play. So how about we all just start being a bit nicer to each other, because that really would be grand.
Sorry again for the ranty post!
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