Social networks can be beneficial for public figures, especially celebrities, but they are also often counterproductive, making them the target of critical eyes and ridicule or memes. Although we all love memes, it is good to consider that sometimes a sense of humor can be cruel and affect third parties.
Something like this was experienced by the young actress Chloë Grace Moretz, who spoke bluntly with the magazine Hunger about the bad moment that happened because his body dysmorphia was cruelly exacerbated when memes were made on social networks where his body was compared to that of a character from the animated series Family Guy.
The meme in which the actress’s body was ridiculed was created after a photographer took a photo of her wearing a black blouse, shorts and heels walking into a hotel with a pizza box. Chloë claimed that for many years she was silent about the damage this caused her.
Actually, I’ve never really talked about this, but there was a meme that really got to me, of me walking into a hotel with a pizza box in my hand. And this photo was manipulated into a ‘Family Guy’ character with long legs and a short torso and it was one of the most widespread memes at the time.
One of the saddest things that the young woman experienced was that by sharing her feelings, she was minimized, with the justification that the meme was funny despite the fact that she confessed how sad this made her feel.
Everyone was making fun of my body and I brought it up to someone and they were like, ‘Oh shut up, it’s funny.
Of course, this caused the young woman to feel that her body, something that she cannot change, was being used for a joke. In addition, she confessed that to date, every time she sees the meme on the internet, she feels very bad.
After this bad episode, Chloë assured that she stopped enjoying going to red carpets and taking photos. She even became very self-conscious and she claims that the body dysmorphia we all deal with is fueled by social media. It is worth mentioning that body dysmorphia is a mental health condition in which a person is often filled with anxiety about their physical “flaws” that are usually unnoticeable to others.
I just remember sitting there and thinking ‘My body is being used as a joke and it’s something I can’t change about who I am and it’s being posted all over Instagram’. It was as benign as walking into a hotel with leftovers. To this day, when I see that meme, it’s something very difficult for me to overcome.