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Website apologises to Prison Break star Wentworth Miller after posting cruel ‘fat-shaming’ meme

Published 29/03/2016 | 14:32

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Actor Wentworth Miller of "Legends of Tomorrow"

AN ENTERTAINMENT website has issued an apology to Prison Break star Wentworth Miller after posting a meme which made fun of his weight gain.

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The LAD Bible, which has more than 11m followers on Facebook, issued a public apology to Miller after the actor spoke out about how his struggle with mental illness was made more difficult by cruel online critics.

The meme placed a photograph of Miller as his character in Prison Break beside a paparazzi shot taken in 2010 with the caption “When you break out of prison and find out about McDonald’s monopoly”.

Taking to his Facebook account last night Miller revealed that the meme was especially hurtful as one of the images had been taken at a time when he was struggling with his mental health.

“Today I found myself the subject of an Internet meme. Not for the first time. This one, however, stands out from the rest. In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I was suicidal.

“One day, out for a hike in Los Angeles with a friend, we crossed paths with a film crew shooting a reality show. Unbeknownst to me, paparazzi were circling. They took my picture, and the photos were published alongside images of me from another time in my career. "Hunk To Chunk." "Fit To Flab." Etc.

“In 2010, fighting for my mental health, it was the last thing I needed.

"The first time I saw this meme pop up in my social media feed, I have to admit, it hurt to breathe,” he wrote.

Today I found myself the subject of an Internet meme. Not for the first time. This one, however, stands out from the...

Posted by Wentworth Miller on Monday, 28 March 2016

The LAD Bible issued an apology to the actor this afternoon and said the publication deeply regrets the pain caused to the actor.

“Mental health is no joke or laughing matter,” a statement posted to The LAD Bible’s Facebook page read.

“We certainly didn’t want to cause you pain by reminding you of such a low point in your life. Causing distress and upset to innocent or vulnerable people is simply not acceptable.

“We applaud your raw honesty and promise to now cover such matters in the responsible manner that our audience expects.”

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