Lizzie Velasquez

People have recently been sharing controversial memes as a cruel joke to make fun of others… and its completely backfired as one of the victims have shown the internet their true colours.


A recent run of controversial memes using photos of people has victims reaching out to change the tone of social media conversation.

The memes, which have seen a surge in popularity recently, use people’s pictures without their permission with text that is meant as a cruel joke about their appearance or character.

Motivational speaker Lizzie Velasquez, who is no stranger to online bullying, took to Facebook over the weekend to address a recent meme using her image without her consent.

Now, her inspirational response against cruelty is going viral for all the right reasons.

The meme uses Velasquez’s image in a post which users tag friends saying she waiting for them behind a tree and is meant as a mean-spirited joke against the 27-year old woman who suffers from a genetic disorder which limits her ability to gain weight and affects her appearance.

Lizzie Velasquez meme

But Velasquez posted something that is being shared more than any of those memes…

I’ve seen a ton of memes like this all over Facebook recently. I’m writing this post not as someone who is a victim but as someone who is using their voice.

Yes, it’s very late at night as I type this but I do so as a reminder that the innocent people that are being put in these memes are probably up just as late scrolling through Facebook and feeling something that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

No matter what we look like or what size we are, at the end of the day we are all human.

I ask that you keep that in mind the next time you see a viral meme of a random stranger. At the time you might find it hilarious but the human in the photo is probably feeling the exact opposite.

Spread love not hurtful words via a screen.

Xoxo Lizzie

Velasquez has been outspoken against bullying since being named the “Worlds Ugliest Woman” in a 2006 YouTube video.

Her platform hit an international level following her 2014 TEDxAustinWomen Talk “How do YOU define yourself.” Click the link to watch the talk… you really should! We’re being serious… perspective is everything & this incredible young lady’s story is something everything should see.

The post against the meme quickly went viral with thousands of views and shares with many commenting:

Rita Velasquez posted: “As Lizzie’s mom this hurts beyond words. But I stand with you to say spread love PLEASE❤ Love you Lizzie!”

Grayson Moore added: “I couldn’t agree more Lizzie Velasquez. I think the same exact thing when I see the memes. I always think “those are real people, I’m sure they see them once they go viral”. So much easier to love than hate. Love your positivity and your posts. Have a blessed night.”

Brandy Bill commented: “Lizzie, you are beautiful inside and out! I’ve come to the realization that bullies are insecure with themselves. You have inspired millions and you are living testimony that no matter what obstacles we face, we can overcome. Keep being you! God placed you on this earth to inspire and empower others who face challenges. Continue to live, love, and enjoy life.”

Velasquez later also released a video thanking everyone for their support.

It’s 2016 people… do we really need to be telling you to be a nice human?

Sources: Facebook
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