Let’s Watch Wil Wheaton Tell A Little Kid That Being A Nerd Is Actually Pretty Good (Video)
So here is a video that just went viral over the weekend, of Wil Wheaton at last Year’s Denver Comic Con, answering a child’s question: “When you were a kid, were you called a nerd, and if so, how did you deal with it?” And Wheaton answers with humanity and decency, with some advice — or at least solidarity — that a lot of young nerds might benefit from. You’ve got to admit it’s pretty gracious coming from someone whose largest acting role will always be linked with other nerds writing “Die, Wesley, Die!” all over the (text-based) internet.
We don’t necessarily agree with everything he says; he comes perilously close to suggesting that bullies are just insecure and “feel bad about themselves” because they aren’t meeting some need of their own. Maybe, maybe not — lord knows there are plenty of bullies who feel completely justified in bullying, since nothing affirms the superiority of your clique like telling someone else they don’t measure up. (Just see the comments on that Glenn Beck piece about the 9-year-old boy in North Carolina who was bullied for having a “My Little Pony” lunchbox.) But the reminder that it’s OK to like different stuff than other people is right on, as is Wheaton’s closing promise that it definitely gets better, and that Comic Con is a pretty good demonstration: “There’s 50,000 people here this weekend who went through the exact same thing, and we’re all doing really well.”
Of course, you just know that someone’s going to spoil the love-and-accept mood by attaching that line to a photo of some Furry cosplayers…