Hey Hey Sugarscapers - Cybersmile here with our latest Cybersmiler of the month! There's been a whole load of online #POSITIVITY going around recently, which has made our job even harder.
BUT, after much deliberation at Cybersmile HQ, we've decided upon someone a truly worthy celeb to join previous winners Zendaya, Biebs and Kendall Jenner up on their cloud of good vibes.
This month saw Wentworth Miller targeted by cyberbullies in a cruel meme. Rather than stooping to their level and starting a slanging match however, the Prison Break star wrote a thought provoking essay about his struggles with mental illness, his weight gain and why the pictures that fuelled the meme are now something he looks back on proudly. Amazing.
"In 2010, fighting for my mental health, it was the last thing I needed," he wrote. "Long story short, I survived. So do these 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."
" […] 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".
The Lad Bible, who shared the pictures with their vast audience of over 11 million Facebook followers, immediately retracted the post and issued a statement apologising to Wentworth following his emotional essay.
"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," said the group. "Mental health is no joke or laughing matter."
So. We can safely say everyone has learnt their lesson and once again #POSITIVITY has prevailed. A BIG thank you to Wentworth Miller for reacting in exemplary Cybersmile fashion, the March crown looks good on you sir!
Remember gals + bois, if you are ever singled out online and made to feel bad, it's not OK. We're here to talk to - just tweet us at @AskCybersmile or email firstname.lastname@example.org for support any time, day or night. You can also find us at cybersmile.org.