Melissa Blake shared a blog post of hers about Donald Trump on social media and this is how she became known to the world.
However, most of the comments she got weren’t criticizing her written work, but her looks.
The 38-year-old Melissa has a genetic bone and muscle disorder known as Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome.
This is a rare condition which affects the hands, feet, face, and mouth. People were calling her ugly and others were saying she looked like a parade balloon.
One of the comments also said that she should be banned from sharing photos of herself because of how she looked.
Melissa Decided to Fight Back with more Photos
Melissa decided to do the opposite and show these people that they’re not going to get the better of her. Melissa, a freelance journalist and disability blogger, fought back by sharing three selfies on her Twitter account.
She wrote ‘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’
Her tweet was immediately met with a positive response and it has been retweeted more than 22,000 times and liked more than 256,000 times.
Melissa explained that she had been judged for her appearance during her 14-year-career as a journalist. But, this is something she had expected.
She believes that this is something a lot of women find themselves in-they’re subjects to visual attacks from people.
Melissa hasn’t had it easy-she had more than 26 surgeries for joint, hand, and knee straightening and to fix her scoliosis.
At times, she says, it had been hard to hear these cruel comments.
She would lie if she said they didn’t bother her. These people, she adds, sit at home behind their keyboards and don’t think they would say half of what they say on the internet in someone’s face.
When she feels bad, she tries to look at everything she has accomplished until now. This has helped her put things into perspective.
Her Selfies Are a Message to People Bullying Her
Melissa’s selfies are a message for the trolls who have insulted her. She hopes to show them that there’s a human on the other side of the computer they’re insulting.
She thinks it all goes back to treating people how you want to be treated. Although it may sound simple and a cliché, it’s true, she emphasizes.