There’s a meme going around, on Instagram, of a gaunt man who bears a striking resemblance to NBA star Steph Curry. Don’t share it.
The man in the photo, Leon Mitchell, isn’t ashamed of his sickly appearance. In fact, he proudly showcases it to the world as a reminder that he is a cancer survivor. Mitchell has struggled with his physical appearance after battling intense cancer treatment that ravished his body.
Mitchell took to Instagram to combat the cyber bullying and clear his name. He is a “father, husband, survivor, mentor, community advocate, and positive motivational speaker,” who beat the devastating disease and uses his platform to encourage others.
“I am strong enough to endure these attacks after years of rebuilding,” he wrote in an inspiring Instagram post in response to the insensitive meme. “However as we look at the power story I explain, let’s remember these types of social media attacks on people can be massively detrimental to some who still battle with insecurities and uncomfortability with themselves and their battles. If we are going to allow something like this go viral Let’s do it for the right reasons!’
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So earlier today I was the butt of a not so funny meme "METH CURRY" directed at the outward physical appearance that I display. The fact that the meme was posted was a reminder of how distasteful and cruel people can be without background knowledge of the person in the bullseye of the target. I've struggled deeply for years with the devastating effects cancer treatment plagued my body with. The massive destruction it took on my neck, shoulders, nose, throat, and ability to function normally. I though have overcome all of those things and become so much stronger then the after effects of cancer treatment, and proudly bare myself and ravaged appearance to the world with KNOE shame!! I am strong enough to endure these attacks after years of rebuilding. However as we look at the power story I explain, let's remember these types of social media attacks on people can be massively detrimental to some who still battle with insecurities and uncomfortability with themselves and their battles. If we are going to allow something like this go viral Let's do it for the right reasons! I am more then a meme, I am a father, husband, survivor, mentor, community advocate, and Positive motivational speaker. Proud to have endured and conquered everything I have!!!! #FCANCER #FUCKCANCER #SURVIVOR #TEAMKNOE #KNOTNOWOREVER #AMERICANCANCERSOCIETY #STUARTSCOTT #POSITIVITY #LOVE #LIVESTRONG #POSITIVITYOVEREVERYTHING #FIGHT #FIGHTER #NBA #SICK #METHCURRY Follow @knoe_clothing and get the real message Knoeclothing.com
It’s understood people may not have known Mitchell’s backstory, but that’s all the more reason to think twice about sharing his photo for a quick laugh.
Lil’ Mama endured a similar incident, where her tearful photo was being used as a meme. Little did the Internet know, the root of the photo was an emotional confession about her mother’s death. Not so funny is it?
We must be more respectful of others personal property on social media, because you never know someone’s story.
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The Truth About That ‘Meth Curry’ Meme: Photo Taunts Cancer Survivor was originally published on hellobeautiful.com