“Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller opened up about his real feelings over a hurtful meme. According to him, the mene brought back some really painful memories. The meme has been removed and its creator apologized as a result.
In response to a body-shaming meme posted originally by @TheLadBible, the 43-year-old actor posted a lengthy message on his Facebook account on Monday. Here, he revealed that the meme made him remember a dark phase in his life, when he was suicidal.
The recurring villain of the CW superhero TV series “Legends of Tomorrow” sounded deeply hurt by the meme. The meme pits a picture of a fit Miller in 2007 and a bigger Miller in 2010. Referencing the actor’s most famous TV series, “Prison Break,” the meme said Miller got out of prison and discovered “McDonalds.” While this was supposed to be funny, the actor did not find it chuckle-worthy.
While he noted that it was not the first time that he became a subject of an internet meme, Miller pointed out that the latest one “stands out from the rest” because he can remember vividly why he gained so much weight.
“In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons,” he wrote. “First and foremost, I was suicidal.”
“This is a subject I’ve since written about, spoken about, shared about,” he added. “But at the time I suffered in silence. As so many do. The extent of my struggle known to very, very few,” he wrote. He then narrated that during the same year, which he considered “the lowest point in my adult life,” he turned to excessive eating to fight his anxiety.
“It could have been anything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the one thing I could look forward to,” Miller shared.
The “Legends of Tomorrow” actor likewise disclosed that there was a time the highlight of his life for number of weeks was a favorite meal. Coming from such an experience, he encouraged those who suffered the same pain to seek help from experts.
“If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available,” he said. ”Reach out.”
At this point in his life, he claimed that by looking at the said meme, he knew that he survived. “The first time I saw this meme pop up in my social media feed, I have to admit, it hurt to breathe,” Miller stated. “But as with everything in life, I get to assign meaning. And the meaning I assign to this/my image is Strength. Healing. Forgiveness.”
@TheLadBible has since apologized, as reported by BBC. “We want to say we’ve got this very, very wrong. Mental health is no joke or laughing matter,” it posted on Facebook. “We certainly didn’t want to cause you pain by reminding you of such a low point in your life.”