Actor Wil Wheaton’s viral response to a girl who asked about whether he was called a nerd when he was young touched hearts around the world, and impacted the life and attitude of the young girl who asked a big question.
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At Comic Con in June 2013, Wheaton couldn’t have given a better response if it had been scripted. And the little girl, known only online as Mia, was changed by how the star answered her question, the girl’s mother posted on Reddit under her user name Menqet
Menqet said her daughter and a girl who was bullying her have done better in school this year, and Mia took the big step of standing up for someone else.
“This year has been a good year, but she noticed another little girl in her class kept getting picked on by the other students,” Menqet posted. “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.”
Menqet shared how hard it was to watch her daughter being bullied, and how hearing those words from someone else — and it didn’t have to be from a star — made such a difference.
Many “nerds” stepped up on Reddit and in other online avenues to show their appreciation for Wheaton’s words.
At the end of the video, Wheaton offered little Mia these assurances: “And I will tell you this — it absolutely gets better as you get older,” he said to cheers from the Comic Con audience.
Wheaton has a transcript of the video on his website
, and followed up many comments by adding, “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.”
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