Chloë Grace Moretz: ‘Cruel’ viral ‘Family Guy’ meme turned me into a recluse

Chloë Grace Moretz: ‘Cruel’ viral ‘Family Guy’ meme turned me into a recluse

Viral Meme and its Impact

Chloë Grace Moretz, the popular actress known for her roles in movies like “Kick-Ass” and “Carrie,” recently opened up about the negative impact of a viral meme on her mental health. In an interview with Hunger magazine, Moretz revealed that a “Family Guy” meme featuring her image caused her to become a recluse and suffer from body dysmorphic disorder.

The meme in question involved a manipulated photo of Moretz walking into a hotel with a pizza box in her hand. The image was edited to make her legs appear overly long and her torso short, resembling a character from the animated show “Family Guy.” This meme became incredibly widespread and was often posted on social media platforms, leading to widespread body shaming and mockery of Moretz’s appearance.

This snap of Moretz led to the Family Guy meme.
This snap of Moretz led to the Family Guy meme.

Emotional Impact and Body Dysmorphic Disorder

The relentless mocking and body shaming associated with the meme took a toll on Moretz’s mental health. She admitted that the comments and jokes about her body affected her deeply. Despite bringing up her concerns with someone, they dismissed her feelings, telling her it was just a joke. However, the actress revealed that she suffered from body dysmorphic disorder, a condition where a person becomes excessively preoccupied with perceived flaws in their appearance.

Moretz recalled feeling helpless and frustrated as her body was used as a source of entertainment and mockery. The constant circulation of the meme on platforms like Instagram made her realize that she couldn’t change who she was or how her body looked. The negative attention and public scrutiny caused her to withdraw from the public eye and become a recluse.

She shared how seeing the meme to this day is still a painful experience for her, highlighting the long-lasting impact it had on her self-esteem and confidence.

Effects on Personal and Professional Life

The Georgia native explained that the meme had a significant impact on her personal and professional life. On one hand, being left alone and away from the public eye provided a sense of relief. Moretz described the freedom she experienced by escaping the constant presence of photographers and being able to live life on her terms.

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A side-by-side photo of the “Family Guy” character Legs That Go All the Way Up Griffin (left) and Moretz was turned into a meme in recent years — and it compared the actress and the animated character.

However, the offensive meme also had a significant negative impact on her. Moretz admitted that it took away her enjoyment of getting dressed up and attending red carpet events. The meme made her hyper-conscious of her appearance and caused her to feel self-conscious when being photographed. Her heart rate would increase, and she would hyperventilate due to anxiety.

The actress expressed sadness and discomfort about going out in public, as the meme had stripped away her confidence and made her question her self-image.

Body Dysmorphia and Social Media

Moretz believes that body dysmorphia, a condition that many people struggle with, is amplified by the influence of social media. She highlighted how the constant exposure to curated and often unrealistic images on platforms like Instagram can negatively impact one’s perception of their own body.

The actress emphasized the need for awareness and support regarding body dysmorphia and the harmful effects of social media on mental health. She hopes to encourage discussions and promote a healthier perspective on body image in society.

Transformation and Personal Growth

Moretz also spoke about how the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns played a role in her personal growth and transformation. The period of isolation allowed her to stay away from the spotlight and focus on herself.

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Moretz got candid about her body image, anxiety and being in the spotlight in a recent interview.
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Reflecting on the past two years, Moretz acknowledged that they had been transformative for her. She described herself as a different person, emphasizing that she now feels like a woman instead of a girl.

The actress’s journey of self-discovery and personal growth has allowed her to develop a stronger sense of self and overcome the negative impact of the viral meme. She is now focused on embracing her true identity and advocating for mental health awareness.

By sharing her experiences, Moretz hopes to inspire others to prioritize their mental well-being and challenge the harmful effects of body shaming and social media on self-esteem.