Lizzie Velasquez was born with a rare, inherited condition, which means her body is unable to store fat. A few days ago Lizzie found herself in a meme mocking her appearance. Her response asking people to stop has gone viral. She has received thousands of messages of support.
The viral post said:
'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.
As well as the unkind memes about Lizzie, other mean memes feature plus-size women, older people and those with a disfigurement.
A number of Facebook pages appear to be responsible for creating and sharing the images, which require people to tag a friend with the name referred to in the meme. One of the Facebook group’s responsible has been shut down following multiple user complaints.
In a thank you video to those who supported her Lizzie ending by reminding them:
‘When you see something online, remember that there is a human that is been affected by it. It might be funny at the time, but there is probably someone who is not feeling that it's that funny. Think before you tweet, think before you share, think before you like, because we just want to be accepted’.