Anti-bullying activist Lizzie Velasquez pleaded with parents to stop TikTok’s callous prank in which they show their children pictures of her face to scare them, stressing that “being kind to each other starts with House”.
The 31-year-old woman from Austin, Texas, who was cruelly called “the ugliest woman in the world” when she was just a teenager, condemned the new TikTok trend that turned her and others that look different into the butt of cruel jokes.
“TikTok, I need your help,” Velasquez began. ‘That trend where you pretend you’re facing someone who’s disabled or who’s a baby or there’s a crazy photo ID and you show it to someone to get their reaction and say, “Oh hey , talk to that person, “just to get a quick laugh – it’s no joke.
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Unresponsive: Anti-bullying activist Lizzie Velasquez condemned the TikTok trend in which parents show their children pictures of unlike them to scare them
Injurious: The 31-year-old from Austin, Texas revealed her face was used in pranks while stressing that “being kind to each other starts at home”
The motivational speaker was born with marfanoid-progeroid-lipodystrophy, an extremely rare congenital condition that prevents her from gaining body fat, among other symptoms.
Advocacy: “Please don’t teach them that being afraid of someone who is not like them is good,” Velasquez said
Velasquez explained that in one of the videos, a mother showed her young son her photo and said it was her teacher for the new school year to scare him.
“If you are an adult who has a young human in your life, please don’t teach him that being afraid of someone who is unlike him is okay,” she said.
‘Please. Everything these kids need to know about empathy and kindness for one another starts at home.
“It’s not good,” she added. “This is a trend that has to stop because we are human and we have feelings, so keep that in mind.”
Velasquez’s video has been viewed over 10 million times on its social media platforms and received thousands of supporting comments.
‘Thanks for speaking !! This behavior is so normalized in society and we have to change that and teach everyone to be empathetic, ”one TikTok user wrote.
“I already shared this! I’m so sorry I did this with my daughter too. I deleted it right away, ”commented another. “I feel bad and I will spread the word. ”
Using his voice: Velasquez’s video has been viewed over 10 million times on his social media platforms and received thousands of supporting comments
“I knew it was wrong, but I just dismissed it because everyone was laughing,” someone else admitted. “But now I know where I’m standing and I’m with you!” “
In addition to her TikTok plea, she also posted one of the videos in which a mother used a photo of her face to scare her young son.
“I knew it was going to happen. When I saw this trend start, I knew it was going to happen, “she wrote on Instagram.” Some have been cute and funny, but it’s starting to overstep the line. Show your kids one photo of someone looking different in the hope they have a scared reaction is despicable.
“I have seen this trend with people with disabilities and I have seen this trend with BABIES with Down’s syndrome,” she continued.
Diagnosis: Velasquez was born with marfanoid-progeroid-lipodystrophy syndrome, an extremely rare congenital disease that prevents her from gaining body fat
“They don’t have the platform to talk about it, but I do and I know I have an army of positive people right next to me. I will say it over and over again. The people you put in photos or videos are human beings !!
“We have feelings and we have something that we work on every day called self-confidence. Please PLEASE don’t teach your kids how funny it is to be afraid of someone who is not like them, ”she added.
“When adults are upset their children are bullied, it’s a perfect example that teaching kindness and acceptance begins AT HOME. Just be nice to each other. We need it more than ever !! ‘
Velasquez has struggled with bullying her entire life and, at the age of 17, came across a video of herself on YouTube which described her as “the ugliest woman in the world”.
Answer: In 2014, she used her platform to convict online bullies after her face was used in a hurtful internet meme
Changing the world: Velasquez’s experiences with bullying led her to become an anti-bullying activist and motivational speaker
Her experiences led her to become an anti-bullying activist and motivational speaker. She has over 860,000 YouTuber subscribers and hundreds of thousands of followers on her social media pages.
In 2014, she used her platform to convict online bullies after her face was used in a hurtful internet meme that featured her as a woman waiting for a date that would never show up.
“It’s very late for this guy, but I do it to remind that the innocent people who are put in these memes are probably just as late in scrolling through Facebook and feeling something that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy,” she wrote.
“No matter what we look like or how tall we are, at the end of the day we are all human. I ask you to keep this in mind the next time you see a viral meme from a random stranger.