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Mom Hits Back at Cyberbullies Who Fat-Shamed Toddler on Social Media. How Would You Have Responded?

"Why don't you pick on someone your own size?" takes on a whole new meaning now.

Obviously, bullying is a very, very serious problem, and the advent of the interwebz has definitely not helped matters. I mean, the fact that we had to create a whole new classification of bullying, "cyberbullying," speaks to how pervasive this issue actually is.

But, when you think of the typical bullying victim, you typically think of middle or high schoolers, right? Do you expect someone like this to get bullied?

 

via Today.com

So many, MANY things are wrong with this.

Let me break down the situation for you. According to a recent article from Today.com, this little 10-month-old nugget, Landon Benton, is an Instagram sensation because of, well, the fact that he's friggin' ADORABLE. (Case in point: this kid legit has over 52,000 followers...like, what? HE'S 10 MONTHS OLD.) Ugh.  

Anyway, this kid is unbelievably cute. So cute, in fact, that it caused an "adult" man (and I put "adult" in quotation marks because his maturity level is highly questionable) to take to social media to fat-shame the kid out of pure envy. There's no other possible explanation for why a grown man would do something like this TO. A. CHILD.

How did it he do it? By crowdsourcing from his equally unintelligent friends such nasty monikers as "fat-ass" and "diababies." The most popular one, "Stuff Curry," capitalized on the child's uncanny resemblance to the Golden State Warriors' point guard, Steph Curry. 

Now, sit with this for a second. A grown man FAT-SHAMED A TODDLER.

It's not hard to imagine how much these names initially hurt Landon's mother, Jessica Benton, when she first found out about them. But, rather than let them get to her, she decided to strike back with love and positivity. As she told Today.com

"I said we were going to own the name. We're going to take control of it. So I started hashtagging all of his pictures on every social network so when people did look up the name, they'd get the hashtag and would see something positive, not that same picture that's been shared over and over."

And that's where these absolutely killer photos came from:

 

via Instagram.com/@BabyLandonLee

Yup.

 

via Instagram.com/@BabyLandonLee

Nailed. It. Can I get one of those shirts?

But I want to know: what would YOU have done in this situation, if this had been your child? Have you had to deal with cyberbullying with your kids? If you did, how did you handle it?

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  • There r ppl out there that likes to criticize other ppl..but don't like to help other ppl..don't judge ppl leave them alone, as long the baby is healthy n well being taken care of, y judge how he looks..he looks adoreable to me..if I had a child like that I wudnt care wat other ppl think or say..cuz as long as the doctors say he is fine just don't ova feed him n have him in an good food diet he will be fine, cuz he is gonna grow out of that weight wen he starts walking n running around..ur not dealing with it,, so if u don't have nothing interesting to say..keep it shut..God bless the baby n family that is taking care of the adoreable baby..

  • I couldn't have said it any better myself, Marisol! There are babies who are born with a little more around the middle than others...I myself was one of those. It wasn't that I was overfed, it was just how I was born and the metabolism I was born with.

  • I'm so overjoyed at the response of this bully. This mother took "sub-tweeting" to a new, respectable, and confident level. Toddlers have little control over their weight, and even with that fact, it is unnecessary, immature, and just flat out annoying to see people with low self-esteems take their anger and frustration out on a vulnerable and innocent child. Applause to you, mom.

  • It is really sad that our society has come to this. Kudos to this mom for shaking the haters. 

  • OMG!!! He's adorable! People can just be mean and negative. I feel bad for them actually

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