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03.31.2014
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Many of us were teased at school for the “nerdy” things we enjoyed. In this day and age, you’d think there would be less of that since the so-called “nerdy” is the cool “in” thing. Unfortunately, bullies are still there lurking in the shadows ready to make a negative or mean spirit comment about your Doctor Who lunchbox. As a kid, I was bullied for liking comics and wanting to play superheroes on the playground. I liked aliens, and on those days when people were particularly cruel, I just wanted to get sucked up into a spaceship and send into space. I wish then that someone like Wil Wheaton had been there to offer me advice just like he did this little girl at Planet Comic-Con last year in June.

When the girl asks what to do about a person who calls her a “nerd” at school, Wheaton responded to her in the best and sweetest way possible. When the video surfaced, the girl’s mother showed up on Reddit to update that the classmate no longer bullies her, and they are now friends. The little girl used the advice of Wheaton to help others who were picked on just like her.

Wheaton took to his website to follow-up on the story:

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.

Way to go, Wesley Crusher!

Extra Tidbit: Never feel bad for the things you love and enjoy. They will shape your world in the best ways imaginable.
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1:48AM on 04/01/2014
Wesley sure got bullied in his time. I think everybody's got to come to terms with the fact that geeks and nerds rule the world now, and I thought the 21 Jump Street film put a really funny spin on things with Jenko being the maligned, bullied one and Schmidt being the "cool kid". That was a sincere, well thought-out response and I'm glad Wheaton has found his place as a fixture in, supporter and promoter of geek culture and that he has embraced that role.
Wesley sure got bullied in his time. I think everybody's got to come to terms with the fact that geeks and nerds rule the world now, and I thought the 21 Jump Street film put a really funny spin on things with Jenko being the maligned, bullied one and Schmidt being the "cool kid". That was a sincere, well thought-out response and I'm glad Wheaton has found his place as a fixture in, supporter and promoter of geek culture and that he has embraced that role.
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12:43AM on 04/01/2014
Will is the man! Great response. Kids can be cruel, and usually they pick on people because they don't feel good about themselves. They think picking on someone takes the attention off of what they don't like about themselves. Sometimes kids will pick on someone because they want to fit in with the cool kids, and picking on someone who is different makes them seem cool to the cool kids. Usually if your different than other people in school you get picked on, but ultimately the kids who are
Will is the man! Great response. Kids can be cruel, and usually they pick on people because they don't feel good about themselves. They think picking on someone takes the attention off of what they don't like about themselves. Sometimes kids will pick on someone because they want to fit in with the cool kids, and picking on someone who is different makes them seem cool to the cool kids. Usually if your different than other people in school you get picked on, but ultimately the kids who are different and think outside the box go on to do great things. We should embrace our differences because that's what makes us human and unique!
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11:20PM on 03/31/2014
thought that was a sweet video he gave a great answer i enjoy what i enjoy people will never make me feel bad about me liking what i like
thought that was a sweet video he gave a great answer i enjoy what i enjoy people will never make me feel bad about me liking what i like
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