"Prison Break" actor Wentworth Miller, who was the target of a viral fat-shaming meme Monday, took a stand against haters saying people shouldn't be judged based on appearance. And his decision to address the issue has forced The LAD Bible to apologise for posting the meme on its Facebook page.
The meme was a collage of two pictures – one that showed him looking toned and in shape, and the other showed the actor in a much heavier form. The second picture was taken six years ago, and in a lengthy Facebook post, Miller said people shouldn't fat-shame others without knowing what the other person was going through at the time.
"Today I found myself the subject of an Internet meme," Miller wrote. "Not for the first time. This one, however, stands out from the rest," he wrote in the lengthy post. "In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I was suicidal."
The actor said that he turned to food when he was looking for comfort and distraction. "It could have been anything. Drugs. Alcohol. Sex. But eating became the one thing I could look forward to. Count on to get me through."
Miller said the picture was taken six years back in Los Angeles and he was at his "lowest point" at the time.
The LAD Bible apologised to Miller through a post on Facebook Tuesday noting that mental health was not a laughing matter. "We posted two pictures of you last night to our Facebook page, but today we want to say we've got this very, very wrong. Mental health is no joke or laughing matter," the message read. The LAD Bible added that its intention was not to cause Miller pain by reminding him of a time when he was at his worst.C"ausing distress and upset to innocent or vulnerable people is simply not acceptable," the message noted.