Journalist Told She Was ‘Too Ugly’ For Selfies Refuses To Be Bullied By Trolls

Journalist Melissa Blake is an extremely accomplished writer that writes essays on disability, relationships, and pop culture that have resonated with different kind’s of people across the world.

Melissa’s intelligent, witty and empathetic work is loved by many and she proves just how much her words matter in a world where people with disabilities don’t usually get their own platform for their own thoughts and opinions.

Melissa, 38, has received cruel remarks and comments about her appearance online.. whilst the people making the awful comments are hiding behind a key board of course.

When you bare your soul online it can take a lot of courage to show the world your thoughts and feelings.. and Melissa explains to people what it’s like to live with her disability and she’s so brave to do so.

She was born with Freeman-Sheldon syndrome. It’s a genetic condition caused by a mutation on the gene responsible for moving substances between cells during development. Melissa uses a wheelchair to get around and has had a huge 25 surgeries.

The disability was once called ‘Whistling Face syndrome’, and it causes people to look slightly different in appearance, with features including a smaller mouth and decreased nose cartilage.

Heartbreakingly, some people online feel it’s okay to troll those who don’t ‘look’ the same as them and it’s a huge issue we face today.

Melissa recently poke out about the vile abuse she’s received, with insults calling her a ‘blobfish’ and a ‘potato’.

One disgusting person said she should be ‘banned’ from posting selfies because she was too ‘ugly’. How awful is that?

Melissa tweeted:

“People wonder why I’ve struggled so much with self-acceptance when it comes to how I look and our society’s notion of what “beautiful” is. It’s because of comments like these — comments that dismiss me and deem me unworthy.

[…] This is just one more example of the type of ableism that people with disabilities face every day and it’s something I’m constantly trying to change.”

Melissa, not letting the trolls win, said:

“During the last round of trollgate, people said that I should be banned from posting photos of myself because I’m too ugly. So I’d just like to commemorate the occasion with these 3 selfies…”

The tweet went viral and has been retweeted a huge 18,000 times…Fans of Melissa have praised her courage and her amazing outlook on the nasty people she has to deal with.

Since the viral tweet, Melissa has even had an email from a book publisher.

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