Were you ever picked on for being a nerd or have a child who is being picked at school for being nerdy? If so, Wil Wheaton has some advice, and who better to listen to than Wesley Crusher from Star Trek: The Next Generation (or plain old Wil Wheaton from The Big Bang Theory, for the younger folks), after all?
Nearly a year after Wheaton answered a question about how to deal with being called a “nerd” at Denver Comicon, his response has gone viral after the video was posted on Reddit.
“When you were a kid, were you called a nerd and how did you deal with it?” the young girl, who has been identified as Mia, asked Wheaton. Check out an excerpt from Wheaton’s response below.
When I was a little boy I was called a nerd all the time because I did not like sports, I loved to read, I liked math and science and I thought school was really cool and it hurt, a lot.
When a person makes fun of you, when a person is cruel to you, it has nothing to do with you. It’s not about what you said. It’s not about what you did. It’s not about what you love. It’s about them feeling bad about themselves. They feel sad.
So, when a person is cruel to you like that, I know that this is hard, but honestly the kind and best reaction is to pity them. And don’t let them make you feel bad because you love a thing.
And I will tell you this —it absolutely gets better as you get older.
Watch Wheaton’s entire heartfelt response to Mia’s question in the video below.
As Wheaton said, things do get better, and Mia’s mom actually chimed in on the Reddit thread and told users that her daughter has had a much better school year so far. “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,” the mom said.
The news that Mia has had a better school year and is even standing up for other kids being picked on made its way to Wil Wheaton, who posted about the comment on his blog. “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,” Wheaton wrote.
In a tweet that likely relates to the situation, Wheaton has some advice for his more than two million Twitter followers:
Imagine what would happen if you made an effort to be kind to every person you encountered today. Actually, don’t imagine it; do it.
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) March 31, 2014
Wheaton isn’t the only celebrity to take a stand against bullying, although his comments on bullying have probably been the most eloquently stated. Nick Cannon, Taye Diggs, and Michelle Trachtenberg are just a few celebrities who have participated in the STOMP Out Bullying campaign.
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