Candace Cameron Buré is sharing an important message with parents this week, and it’s one that we can’t afford to miss.
On Sunday, the Fuller House star took to Instagram with a repost of a powerful TikTok from motivational speaker and activist, Lizzie Velasquez.
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Listen up Tik Tokers!!! Lizzie’s words need to be heard! Please stop using videos of people with disabilities to scare your children. It’s not funny. Kindness and empathy starts at home. #kindnesscounts #kindnesswins #kindisthenewclassy • #Repost @littlelizziev ・・・ Please help me spread the word! @tiktok #FacetimePrank #tiktokchallenge
Lizzie was born with a rare congenital disease called Marfanoid–progeroid–lipodystrophy syndrome, which prevents her from accumulating body fat and gaining weight, among a myriad of other conditions. She is also blind in one eye, and as one of only ten people in the world living with the condition, Lizzie has been subject to intense bullying, hate speech, and she’s even been the face of several terrible memes.
Labeled as the “World’s Ugliest Woman” by cyberbullies on YouTube when she was just 17 years old, Lizzie has taken those horrible words and actions of others, and turned them into her purpose.
This weekend, the inspirational speaker took to TikTok with a message that ALL parents desperately need to hear about teaching our kids empathy and compassion. Her message was so powerful that it inspired Candace Cameron Buré to share it.
In her TikTok, Lizzie calls on all parents to stop taking part in a trend that has emerged on the app lately in which people are using photos of people with disabilities or physical deformities to scare or shock someone, and catch their reaction on video.
In her video, she shows an example of a mother showing her son a photo of Lizzie, and telling him that she is his teacher for the upcoming school year. Upon seeing the image, the boy is visibly freaked out.
“If you are an adult, who has a young human in your life, PLEASE, do not teach them that being scared of someone who doesn’t look like them is okay,” Lizzie pleads in her TikTok. “Everything that these kids need to know about having empathy and being kind to one another, starts at home.”
She urges TikTok users to put an end to the trend, which is simply not okay, because “we are human and we have feelings,” Lizzie says on behalf of every person who has been used as part of this prank.
Buré echoed Lizzie’s message in her caption writing, “It’s not funny. Kindness and empathy starts at home.”