Disabled Influencer Asks People To Stop Shameful Trend Of Using Her Photo To Scare Kids

Disabled Influencer Asks People To Stop Shameful Trend Of Using Her Photo To Scare Kids

Although social media has many positive sides, it often brings out the very worst in some people, and Lizzie Velasquez is here to fight back at internet trolls.
Velasquez is a disabled activist and speaker whose facial appearance is affected by her disability, and a woman recently used a photo of Lizzie to prank scare her son, telling him that it was his new teacher. Not only that the joke is incredibly bad, but it also used Velasquez’s disability in a mocking way. This prompted her to take it to TikTok and Twitter and share a very important message to parents, telling them exactly how this kind of ableism affects her and other disabled people.

In the video, Velasquez asked people, especially parents, to stop the so-called “FaceTime prank” which involves people using strange, scary, or funny photos on their phones and then telling someone (usually their children) that the photo is someone that wants to speak to them on FaceTime.

The joke is actually awful, and users post it on TikTok for others to see the surprised reaction of the other participant.

Lizzie Velasquez has a rare congenital condition called Marfanoid–progeroid–lipodystrophy which causes her, among other symptoms, to not retain body fat, especially in her face.

“If you are an adult who has a young human in his life, please do not teach them that being scared of someone who doesn’t look like them is ok. Everything that these kids need to know about having empathy and being kind to one another starts at home. This is not ok.” – she said in the video.

This is a trend that absolutely needs to stop. As Lizzie says it herself, disabled people are human and have feelings, and she asked parents to keep that in mind.

Hundreds of people on Twitter were very angry about the insensitive prank, and they took Velasquez’s side:

 
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