'This Is Us' Star Lonnie Chavis Has the Perfect Response to Being Bullied Over the Gap in His Teeth
The 10-year-old took to Instagram to address trolls who had been harassing him in social media comments over his appearance.
Lonnie Chavis is best known for playing young Randall on This Is Us. But now, he's going viral for his pitch-perfect PSA about bullying. The child actor took to Instagram on Monday, June 25 to call out bullies and trolls for cruel comments over the gap between his front teeth.
"I could get my gap fixed," Chavis said in the video. "Braces can fix this, but like, can you fix your heart, though? There are kids out there killing themselves just because of y’all hating and trolling and doing just crazy stuff. I mean, It’s stupid. Is it fun? No. It hurts people."
He went onto advocate for and address kids who experience depression or suicidal thoughts when targeted by bullies. "Fix your heart, though. For real," Chavis said. "I’m happy that I can handle this. I can handle this. I’m not tripping. But there are kids out here—if y’all kids are watching this, don’t trip. Be who you want to be. Do what you want to do. Do you. Be you. Believe in yourself."
He summed up his thoughts in the caption: "YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, YOU ARE AWESOME, and YOU MATTER!"
The response has been amazingly positive. "Forget ALL uh’dem ! Everyone has their unique features and ALL are beautiful in their own way," one commenter wrote. "The greatest quality about you though, is your heart. You are such a humble and loving kid and your wisdom seeps right through you. I hope more people like you join us in this world is negativity, for real ♥️" Another said, "Your message is exactly what the youth needs to hear!"
Cheers to that!