When a crew member of the USS Enterprise tells you it’s okay to be a nerd, you listen.
Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, was filmed at Denver’s Comic Con last June answering a little girl’s question about being bullied as a nerd. His answer was eloquent and heartfelt, and a video of it went viral over the weekend.
“When you were a kid, were you called a nerd and how did you deal with it?” Wheaton was asked during a panel talk.
“When I was a little boy I was called a nerd all the time because I did not like sports, I loved to read, I liked math and science and I thought school was really cool, and it hurt, a lot,” Wheaton said. “Don’t let them make you feel bad because you love something,” he continued.
“When a person is cruel to you, it has nothing to do with you … it’s about them feeling bad about themselves. They feel sad. They don’t get positive attention from their parents,” he told the girl.
The crowd applauded as Wheaton finished: “It absolutely gets better as you get older.”
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