Wentworth Miller strikes back at troll!

How the whole thing began? Miller shared an article called “4 Ways Sexist, Macho Culture Hurts Men”, an some troll from Germany responded with “A real man on camera and nothing but a little bitch in real life. Way to go, Michael.

Here’s what Miller responded:

Normally I would just ban this person. Their sentiments have zero nutritional value and, in my opinion, reflect an antiquated belief system that is not only harmful, but on its way out. That said, the attitude expressed does open the door to some interesting topics. Like gender performance, gender policing, shaming, sexuality, projection, toxic masculinity, and the lowering of public discourse.”

I’ve read some lovely comments today. There was a lot of food for thought. I also read a lot of advice. Much of which boiled down to ‘It’s only words.’ ‘Sticks and stones.’ Etc. I recognize, and appreciate, that this is coming from a positive, supportive, protective place. If only it was true.Words matter. Labels matter. The way in which we speak to and about each other matters. Politicians spewing hate from the podium one day translates into real world violence the next. We know this.”

“What’s more, IMO, ‘You shouldn’t let it get to you’ is code for ‘man up.’ With respect, I consider it to be another form of gender policing. For the record, this person’s comment was momentarily unpleasant. Then it was over. It affected me because I’m a human being. I feel things. Then I move through them. And one of the ways I do that is by examining the situation and looking for the gift. The gold. The lesson. And as someone who’s been called a ‘little bitch’ before (because #sexism #misogyny #homophobia #toxicmasculinity), this felt like an opportunity for dissection and discussion. And I took it. Hence the repost.”

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