I thought I couldn’t love Wil Wheaton any more than I already do. I mean, Stand By Me — COME ON! And if you aren’t following his Twitter feed you’re missing out.
But you should know that Wheaton isn’t just some guy from Star Trek or The Big Bang Theory, he’s a husband and father and a self-proclaimed nerd.
I spotted this story on WTVR, and it’s a good video to show your children. Nerds aren’t the dorks with tape around their glasses our generation knows them as … Nerds are cool guys like Wil Wheaton and every single character on The Big Bang Theory. I mean, who doesn’t love Sheldon?
So a little girl asked Wheaton a personal question during his appearance at Denver Comic Con last June. The question:
“When you were a kid, were you called a nerd and how did you deal with it?” a child asked Wheaton.
Wheaton’s powerfully emotional response was recorded and is now trending as a viral video.
“When I was a little boy I was called a nerd all the time because I did not like sports, I loved to read, I liked math and science and I thought school was really cool and it hurt, a lot,” Wheaton said. “It’s never okay when a person makes fun of you for something you did not choose.”
Wheaton told the girl she should not apologize for liking certain things.
“Don’t let a person make you feel bad because you love something they decided was only for nerds.”
Wheaton goes on to say that when someone is hurtful to you it’s because they feel bad about themselves.
“It has nothing to do with you. It’s about them feeling bad about themselves. They feel sad. They don’t get positive attention from their parents. They don’t feel as smart as you,” he told the girl. “Maybe one of their parents is really pushing them to be a cheerleader or a baseball player or an engineer or something that they just don’t want to do. So they take that out on you because they can’t go out and be mean to the person who’s actually hurting them.”
Oh, Wil Wheaton. You’re the greatest.
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