( ENSPIRE NEWS ) ‘Prison Break’ star Wentworth Miller Gave a Reality Check to Internet Meme
“Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller wrote a thought-provoking and reality check response to a mean Internet meme making fun of his past weight issues. He gave us an all too personal and familiar story about his battles with depression this past Monday.
The actor is now 43 had a side by side photo of his weight struggles through the years described its sight as it “hurt to breath.”
The tasteless meme was posted by a LAD Bible Facebook page brought back memories of his hardships. Instead of cowering at the sight of something so painful, Miller turned it around for the better! He told thousands of people a story. A story that did and did not need to be told in order to call to our compassion for others.
“In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons,” he wrote on Facebook Monday. “First and foremost, I was suicidal. Ashamed and in pain, I considered myself damaged goods. And the voices in my head urged me down the path to self-destruction.”
He wrote that food was his crutch to overcome depression. He stated eating was the one thing he could look forward to as he searched longingly for a relief and struggled through many sleepless nights.
“And I put on weight,” he wrote. “Big f–king deal.”
The story brings us to where he is in a far better place and uses those old photos as strength and perseverance. This is a great message to send out to others battling these types of conditions. Miller mentioned the importance of family and support groups in order to get help. He used his situation to inform others that they can defeat it. His message echoed through the internet, spread through his followers and supporters have responded with their own testimonies. People have been responding with their won experiences with depression.
The LAD Bible quickly apologized to the actor for sharing the meme to begin with.
“We’ve got this very, very wrong,” the page wrote.
“Mental health is no joke or laughing matter. We certainly didn’t want to cause you pain by reminding you of such a low point in your life. Causing distress and upset to innocent or vulnerable people is simply not acceptable.”
The actor, who played the lead role of Michael Scofield on “Prison Break,” currently stars on The CW’s “Legends of Tomorrow.”