Wentworth Miller addresses a recent body shaming meme, and opens up about how it reminds him of a dark time in his life
Recently, a meme by the LAD bible, went viral with a side to side picture of Wentworth Miller. On the left was an image of him shirtless, a photo he took to promote the series prison break (that aired on Fox from 2005-2009) that showed off fake tattoos and ripped muscles; on the right, a paparazzi photo taken of Miller on a hike in Los Angeles in 2010. And the caption below the photo reads, “when you break out of prison and find out about McDonald’s monopoly,” basically fat shaming him.
Miller took to facebook to address the meme, explaining on his page that this is not the first time that his body image has been subjected to fat shaming. “Today I found myself the subject of an Internet meme. Not for the first time. This one, however, stands out from the rest,” Miller wrote on Facebook. Why this meme stands out from other incidents is due to the fact that he was suicidal at the paparazzi photo was taken( a subject that he is said to be very open about now). At the time, when the image on the right was taken, the paparazzi shot, Miller opened up on his Facebook page how it made him feel,“Ashamed and in pain, I considered myself damaged goods. And the voices in my head urged me down the path to self-destruction. Not for the first time,” he wrote. “In 2010, at the lowest point in my adult life, I was looking everywhere for relief/comfort/distraction. And I turned to food. It could have been anything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the one thing I could look forward to. Count on to get me through.”
The first time the photo of Miller in the red T-shirt was published, it received negative comments that made fun of his weight gain from his prison break days. Now having the image resurface, with the latest meme by LAD bible, it reminds him of not only his struggles but also in his words, “endurance and my perseverance in the face of all kinds of demons. Some within. Some without.”
Miller reposted the image on his page, and addressed it, “The first time I saw this meme pop up in my social media feed, I have to admit, it hurt to breathe,” he explained. “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 has since apologized to Miller for the meme: