Wil Wheaton has some advice for those who are called nerds and bullied as children. During a panel at the Denver Comic Con in June of 2013, Wheaton was asked if he was ever called a nerd and how he handled it by a young girl. “The Big Bang Theory” and “Star Trek Next Generation” actor responded with a touching answer and today, nearly a year later, his response video has gone viral.
In his response Wheaton admits to being bullied in school and explains that it has nothing to do with the person being bullied but instead about the bully and his own sadness.
His advice to the young girl included several charming statements.
“We shouldn’t apologize for liking these things …”
“I wish I could tell you there was a really easy way to just not care but the truth is it hurts.”
“The kind and best reaction is to pity them and don’t let them make you feel bad cause you love a thing.”
“It absolutely gets better as you get older.”
“There are 50,000 people here this weekend who went through the same thing and we are all doing really well.”
Both the girl’s parents posted to Reddit over the last few days discussing the event and thanking Wheaton for his advice. Her father stated, “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.” Her mother discussed her daughter’s behavior after hearing his advice, “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.”
Wheaton himself discussed the incident on his website Sunday, March 30.
“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.
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.”
The video had received over 750,000 views at the time publishing and that number continues to grow.