Wil Wheaton Responds To Viral “Nerd” Video

    March 31, 2014
    Amanda Crum
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Wil Wheaton began to trend across the web last week after a video taken at a comic con in June went viral. In it, the “Stand By Me” star was asked by a girl named Mia about whether he was bullied for being a nerd as a kid and if so, how he dealt with it.

Wheaton responded beautifully, and his answer has made its way around the web; recently, he addressed the situation in a blog and shared a note from the girl’s parents, who say he’s now an honorary member of the family.

“I’m so happy to learn that she and the girl who was mean to her have changed that relationship dynamic, but I’m so incredibly proud that she’s standing up against bullying with other kids in her school,” he wrote. “I really try my best to be the person I want other people to be. I don’t always succeed, but when I see things like this, and hear from people who have been touched or inspired by something I said or did in a positive way, it reminds me how important it is to do everything we can to be awesome.”

Now, Mia is standing up for others who are being bullied, according to her mom.

“She and the girl that bullied her are cool with each other this year. They aren’t in the same class, though. This year has been a good year, but she noticed another little girl in her class kept getting picked on by the other students. She became this girl’s friend and stands up for her when the other kids are being mean. We’ve talked about this moment a lot,” Mia’s mom commented on Reddit, where the video was posted.

“This was a magical moment for the whole family. What you might not get from the sound of all the applause is that there wasn’t a dry eye in the room after this. Mia met Wil again briefly at the Kansas city con this year, and he was as gracious and cool as you could have hoped. They talked about minecraft, ballet, mistakes, and silliness. Wil Wheaton, you are an honorary member of this family and I hope you know that you have made a real impact on Mia and the rest of us silly nerds. I wish you nothing but the greatest success,” Mia’s dad wrote.

Check out the exchange below. We heart you, Wil.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

  • happy steaks

    Wil makes me want to be a NERD!!! NERD POWER!!!!

    • SeattleCipher

      CONGRAT’S, if you want to be a nerd, odds are good that you already are…
      NERD POWER!!!

  • http://cckrieg8.wix.com/christopher-krieg Christopher Krieg

    revenge of the nerds!

  • djward

    On behalf of STTNG fans the world over, may I say that after that amazing, personal, and incredibly smart response to that little girls query, we are all now VERY SORRY that so many of us wanted your character Westley Crusher dead after season 1. That’s a form of bullying too. Can you forgive us? PS great work on Big Bang Theory as well

    • Tom Servo

      “Mommy, Lieutenant Worf touched me in my no no place!!!”

  • Ron

    Will is my hero.

  • bajarocky

    Will, you are too cool!! I love you in “The Big Bang Theory” as well as your other works.

  • James Doorey

    thanks for taking the time to talk to her!!!!

  • K Edwards

    Wil congrats..you rock!!

  • BadAndy

    A teacher can tell a child the same thing and never get credit for it. It takes them listening to someone else. Wil obviously listened to what someone told him about being bullied and is repeating much the same response I (as a former teacher) would tell my students.

    That being said, I grew up watching Star Trek: TNG and could not stand Wesley Crusher on it. Wil can be your “nerd” but he’ll never be mine. In fact, I go so far as to say I deny these silly terms like “nerd” and “geek” because what I like is just what I like, not because I’m any of those things.

    • suzie

      way to try and ruin a good thing someone did. you try and say he just repeated what someone else said. how do you know he doesn’t really feel that way and went through those things? you don’t. then you try and give the credit to yourself because your were a “former teacher”.
      then, to top it all off, you slam a character that he played that someone else created. check your ego at the door and just try and be touched by the heartfelt message he was trying to send.

      • BadAndy

        Way to read into what I said. He is saying something that I, as a teacher, have said for years to my students. Something that many teachers believe and use to try to help these kids. Teachers should receive just as much credit for trying to talk to their students and help them. Instead, children go to “celebrities” or listen to their parents that tell them to beat the other kid up. Yeah, I give myself credit because I believe exactly what Wil says and have said it in almost the exact same way for years. Kudos for me for being heartfelt too.
        Yes, I’ll slam Wheaton as a terrible actor (TNG and Eureka are fine examples of this). I will slam him for encouraging the use of the word “nerd.” If a person uses a word to define themselves, others will turn it around and use it to try to make fun of/harm them. Why not just call yourself a person instead.

        • Shawn Patrick

          I started off thinking you sound like an ass, but you make a good point. Labels are stupid. Why should people be labelled because they like something or due to their tastes? But it’s also similar to African Americans arguing about the use of the “N” word. Many think it should never be used while others use it to devalue the word and take away it’s “power.” Then there are terms like Christian which was actually coined as a slur or derogatory term, but then embraced by the people who it was aimed at. Redneck is another one. It’s meant as an insult, yet a lot of people embrace the term. Some people feel the same about the words nerd and geek.

          I didn’t like him in Star Trek either, but he’s appeared in a number of shows more recently where he came across as pretty cool or funny. Seems like a decent dude. TNG was a long time ago, dude, let it go already lol. Also, you sound bitter and disgruntled. That’s probably why you’re not getting credit for whatever it is you do as a teacher. Good teachers help because they care, not for how much recognition they get. If your heart is in the right place, you won’t get all jealous about petty crap like this.

          • Mack

            Shawn, very well said. “Bitter and disgruntled” is crystal clear in both of badandy’s posts despite his denials.

      • Kimberlie Starnes Koenning

        Very well said Suzie, there are great wondeful teachers in this world. Then there are the ones like BadAndy, who was evidently so good at his job that he doesn’t think we pions can understand what he wrote without him explining it to us.

    • Richard Galvin

      I bet you don’t get invited to a lot of parties.

  • John Pantle

    that is the best- most honest answer I have ever heard on the subject of bullying,

  • catinacat

    My Son who is 14 loves Will, and he really is proud to be tech savvy, It is just very cool that he was able to be so eloquent in his reply to her question, and I think that everyone “nerd” or not should really try to be the better person!

  • Roger-K

    You must learn to embrace your inner nerd “grasshopper”. Or was that “Luke” ?
    I forgot!!

  • djward

    An actor is only as good as the writing. STTNG scripts were sub par until season 3. Westley Crushers character was rebooted during the run, and made darker and edgier at the end. Wil Wheaton did fine work with those changes. I think it must of been very hard to land your dream job at a very young age, only to be told that the shows fan base hates you. I think Mr Wheaton has gone from child actor to an adult with style and grace.

  • http://www.youtube.com/somejackball JaKBaLLTV

    Moar Star Trek!!



  • Cha Cha

    Love Will. I liked him in Star Trek too and I like him even more after hearing his answer to the child being bullied.

  • Angie Kalob

    too bad he got ALOT of Hollywood Ffat on his frame.
    Glad he tries to be a role model

  • John Smith

    Anybody can stand up to a bully don’t need rules or laws because bullies will just ignore them anyway.

  • anothedetour

    Go Will!

  • marvin

    I am so sorry to say that I pretty much hated Westley Crusher. Seeing Wil respond to this girl this way. Makes me want to watch STTNG all over again with new eyes. Maybe I will!

    Awesome awesome job Wil

  • Matthew Eldredge

    He is very cool to his fans and is so genuine as a nerd. If he weren’t on a panel at comic con he’d still be there.

  • RickT

    It’s rather ironic, that people who hated Wesley Crusher. If you are a TRUE fan of ST, you know that the character (Crusher) was modeled after Gene Roddenberry (the CREATOR of Star Trek) himself.