Melissa Blake gave online bullies a piece of her mind (and beautiful soul) earlier this week by responding to their hateful comments with a series of joyful selfies.
”During the last round of trollgate, people said that I should be banned from posting photos of myself because I’m too ugly,” she wrote on Twitter. ”So I’d just like to commemorate the occasion with these 3 selfies.”
Blake — who was born with Freeman Sheldon Syndrome: a rare inherited bone and muscular disorder that, among other things, causes abnormalities of the head and face — said she woke up to discover that her post had gone viral.
“Good morning!! I woke up to 26K followers, an interview request from the BBC and an email from a book publisher,” she cheered.
”IS THIS REAL LIFE?? I mean, I know it’s real life because I’ve got an op-ed deadline today, but…wow!!! 🎉🥰💋”
She then went on to list five random facts about herself.
”I’m incredibly awkward,” she joked, admitting that she’s obsessed with bagels and can recite all 50 states in alphabetical order.
”How’s that for a pick-up line? See, I told you I’m awkward AF.”
She also shared her dream of co-hosting The View, along with a brilliant idea for a new reality series.
Much like the rare condition she was born with, bullying is something Blake has had to live with with most of her life. But instead of burying her head in the sand—disabling her further—she continues to hold her head (and pen) high, using ‘sticks and stones’ to help inspire others.
”Reminder that this is what it’s like to be a disabled woman writer on the internet,” she later tweeted, posting a few of the hurtful comments she’s received in the past.
”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,” she continued on her blog.
”It’s the reason I wrote that Glamour essay earlier this year. And it’s the reason I posted those selfies; it was my way of telling the trolls that they’re not going to get the best of me.”
Good luck to anyone who tries to tear this woman down. She is a word ninja with mad skills, and we are in love.