A U.S. blogger hit back at online trolls who made vile comments and has won even more fans.
Melissa Blake, 38, is a disabled journalist and blogger whose credits include Glamour, The New York Times, The Washington Post, ELLE, Marie Claire, and more. She has written about relationships, disabilities, lifestyle, and pop culture, as well as maintaining her blog, So About What I Said.
“Writing was always a way for me to express myself and explore my world beyond the confines of my disability,” she said on her blog.
But despite Blake’s accomplished career, online trolls have taken aim at her looks and disability.
After posting photos of herself and being compared to a “blob fish” Melissa hit back on Twitter—and added three bonus selfies in defiance of the things people have said about her.
“People said that I should be banned from posting photos of myself because I’m too ugly,” Blake tweeted.
During the last round of trollgate, people said that I should be banned from posting photos of myself because I’m too ugly. So I’d just like to commemorate the occasion with these 3 selfies… 📸😉👋🏻 pic.twitter.com/9ZuSYFOtwv
— Melissa Blake (@melissablake) September 7, 2019
Born with the genetic bone and muscular condition Freeman-Sheldon Syndrome, Melissa has undergone 26 operations—but she has never let her disability define her.
This is not the first time that Blake has been hit with horrific comments online.
In early August, Blake tweeted a collection of the vile comments she was getting on Twitter.
Land whale, blob fist and Mrs. Potatohead were just a few of the nasty comments written.
Reminder that this is what it’s like to be a disabled woman writer on the internet AND #ThisIsAmerica in 2019: A conservative YouTuber mentioned my recent op-ed about #UnfollowTrump. The comments? I’m fat, ugly and look like a blob fish, a parade balloon and a potato with a face. pic.twitter.com/ROczIXKNom
— Melissa Blake (@melissablake) August 8, 2019
When Blake first got wind of the trolls insulting her, she wrote, “I’m getting so tired of people (read: men) thinking it’s OK to insult a woman’s appearance. Yes, my disability makes me look different. Trust me, I know that. I’ve known that my entire life.
Blake went on to say her mission in life is to change the way people with disabilities are treated on a daily basis.
” I’ll continue to fight for change because this can’t be our future too,” she said. “Please, let us be better than this.”