It’s more mainstream to be a nerd nowadays, but some kids still get bullied by their peers for being just that.
A young girl, who falls into the category of children who get bullied, was at a comic book and popular arts convention called Denver Comic Con. Actor Wil Wheaton, who has a reoccurring role on The Big Bang Theory, was also there and a beautiful thing happened when both of their lives collided.
You see, the girl was at a panel Wheaton was participating in. When she asked him, “When you were a kid, were you called nerd? If so, how did you deal with it?” no one expected the brilliant answer she received.
“When I was a little boy, I was called a nerd all the time because I didn’t like sports. I loved to read, I liked math and science. I thought school was really cool, and it hurt, a lot, because it’s never OK when a person makes fun of you for something that you didn’t choose. We didn’t choose to be nerds.
Don’t ever let them make you feel bad because you love something they decided is only for nerds.
“We can’t help it that we like those things. We shouldn’t apologize for liking these things. When a person makes fun of you, when a person is cruel to you, it has nothing to do with you. It’s about them feeling bad about themselves. They feel sad. They don’t get positive attention from their parents. They don’t feel as smart as you. It absolutely gets better as you get older. Don’t ever let them make you feel bad because you love something they decided is only for nerds.”
The three minute video, which was actually shot in 2013, went viral this week. Wil responded by tweeting, “Seriously, though, if all I’m remembered for is telling a little girl that it’s OK to be a nerd, and to be compassionate, I’m OK with that.”
How sweet is that?