Wentworth Miller takes on the LAD Bible
Wneworth Miller, or Michael Scoffield from Prison Break, has kept a relatively low profile since the crime show came to an end. However, the actor has been cropping up all over social media recently, after online publication The LAD Bible poked fun at his recent weight gain.
The TV hunk hit headlines on Monday after editors at the online publication created an Internet meme, which compared his toned physique for his role in Prison Break, to another snap of Wentworth sporting a clearly fuller frame, with a paunch visible under a red T-shirt.
The accompanying post read: "When you break out of prison and find out about McDonald's monopoly".
Wentworth addressed the meme in a candid post on Facebook on Monday night, revealing the image was taken at "the lowest point in my adult life", when he turned to food to cope with depression and suicidal feelings in 2010.
He went on to admit seeing the overweight picture, which reminds him of his dark days, made it "hurt to breathe" until he decided to own his past problems and "assign" a new meaning of "strength", "healing" and "forgiveness" to the snap.
The 43-year-old actor concluded his message with a note of encouragement for fans, adding, "If you or someone you know is struggling, help is available. Reach out. Text. Send an email. Pick up the phone. Someone cares. They're waiting to hear from you. Much love."
Now The Flash star's response has prompted the creators of the meme to publicly apologise for mocking such a serious matter.
A statement issued by The LAD Bible bosses on Tuesday reads: "We posted two pictures of you last night to our Facebook page, but today we want to say we've got this very, very wrong. Mental health is no joke or laughing matter.
We certainly didn't want to cause you pain by reminding you of such a low point in your life. Causing distress and upset to innocent or vulnerable people is simply not acceptable."
"We applaud your raw honesty and promise to now cover such matters in the responsible manner that our audience expects," the note continued. "Responding head-on to our post is something we applaud as it will help others through similar challenges in their lives. Once again, we got this very wrong, and we wanted to say sorry."
Wentworth Miller's heartfelt response to the meme proved that not only is he human just like the rest of us, he knows calmly addressing issues is the best way to resolve them.