Unsurprisingly, there are some dark corners of the memeverse, namely the sector of the Internet dedicated to images that make fun of those who don't fit conventional standards of beauty. And the latest manifestation of this? Those "tag someone" memes, which use photos of overweight, disabled people and, of course, lots of photos of dick-shaped apparatus that 15-year-old boys can then tag their "friends" with.
However, one of the more prominent faces for this meme belongs to Lizzie Velásquez, who was born with a rare condition that prevents her from accumulating body fat -- and Velásquez, who is an activist, author and motivational speaker about self-image and bullying, is speaking up about this unfortunate trend.
Posting one of the memes to her Instagram and Facebook earlier this week, Velásquez wrote, "I'm writing this post not as someone who is a victim but as someone who is using their voice."
"I do so as a reminder that the innocent people that are being put in these memes are probably up just as late scrolling through Facebook and feeling something that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy," she continued. "No matter what we look like or what size we are, at the end of the day we are all human."
She ends the note with a gentle reminder to remember that there is typically a person behind one of these viral images, and while "you might find it hilarious" at the time, "the human in the photo is probably feeling the exact opposite." Read her entire note below.