Many of us are guilty of liking or tagging our friends in silly online memes that make us laugh. However, one cruel meme trend recently exposed the darker side of the internet. So when Lizzie Velasquez found herself a victim of one of the posts, she shot down her cyber bullies in the best possible way.
It was in late 2016, in fact, when a number of mean memes began to emerge on social media. These typically started out as a picture of someone asking users to “tag a friend” who they claimed might be looking for them. However, while that may sound innocent enough by itself, the images in fact demonstrated cyberbullying in one of its cruellest forms.
That’s because the individuals featured in the memes didn’t usually conform to conventional beauty standards. In fact, the whole premise of the trend was to mock these people for the way they looked. And, worse still, the vicious posts proved immensely popular.