Texas Woman Responds to Being Offensive Facebook Meme
Lizzie Velasquez has been become an icon for the anti-bully movement with her motivational speeches, and a recent Facebook meme trend has caused her to speak out once again.
Lizzie was born in Austin, TX in 1989 and has a rare disease that prevents her from accumulating body fat. The condition has caused her to go blind in one eye, and even be deemed "World's Ugliest Woman" in a YouTube video 10 years ago when she was just 17-years-old. Since the release of the video, Lizzie has taken a stand against bullying and has become a motivational speaker, self-published a book, and was the subject of a 2015 documentary.
Recently, a meme trend on Facebook has been making the rounds, taking an unflattering picture of someone and adding text saying something to the effect of, "Where's (name)? Tag a (name) here so he/she knows I'm looking for them." There have been ones featuring obese people, little people, deformed people, and one featuring Lizzie, who is no stranger to being an offensive meme. In response to seeing the meme, Lizzy commented on Facebook Sunday,
Since Lizzie posted her statement, the post in the screenshot from the Facebook community The Banter Brothers seems to have been deleted, but there's still many others poking fun and other types of people.