Dee the Fat Whale Saves the Whales
I was recently a victim of cyberbullying. Someone at my school made a fake Twitter profile with the username fatwhaledee. They put their name as Dee's a fat whale. They took my powerlifting sports team picture and photo shopped a whale over my face. After making the page they started following people from my school, with each follow another person was notified of this page.
At first I had no clue, it started with wierd looks in the hallways and people giggling behind my back. Then my friends started sending me screenshots of the page so I would know. It was awful, the shame and embarresment I felt. I left school right away and went home where I locked myself in my room and cried for hours. I stayed at home watching the follows grow for three days.
I was destroyed but with the help of my sister, my friends, and plus size model Laura Lee I decided to embrace it and turn this horrifying thing into something beautiful. We are starting to raise money to help whales. Therefore the name "Dee the Fat Whale saves the Whales."
All of the money raised will be donated to Save the Whales an operation founded in 1977 to save endangered whales such as the Vaquita, educate children and people on whales and how to protect them, as well as campaigning against captivity of Orcas. I have requested however that all of the funds raised by my group be used to help protect the endangered whales.
This project means so much to me because while I can help make a difference in the oceans I can also set an example for other victims of bullying. I can take someone's hate and use it to spread love. Overcoming things like this is not easy but people need to know that it is possible and they have support.
You are a strong woman. I wanted to congratulate you on having the strength to stand up for yourself while helping a cause. When I was growing up I was bullied through social media and was referred to as “Big Fat Whale”. Taking ownership of the insult allowed me to take back control and gain self confidence. People who bully struggle with their own insecurities; Instead of improving upon their own deficits they seek out others to belittle in hopes to make themselves feel better. Generally they pick on people who embody traits that they lack but wish they could have. (EX funny, confident, intelligent, etc) It is not an excuse nor should ever be tolerated. Your strength against this adversity is inspiring. Please remember this quote if you ever find yourself struggling. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt Have a great day! -Kelly
Your a beautiful girl, I was teased all through my school years, just because I was in special education and it wasn't my fault. I had back surgery at the age of 11 and I was behind in school, because I was out for almost 3 years in a full body cast. I got a tutor, but it wasn't enough for my school students, they called me different, whale monster and everything under the sun, name calling got to me, I end up quiting school in my last year, 4 months left on my senior year and overdose on pink and white diet pills. I took the whole box, they pumped my stomach out, this was in 1983. I have a few friends that live out of state in fb that helps me overcome what I have been through, and family. Can I be your friend? We can all be whales! God bless you Dee. Your a super strong person and you are not fat. We are called beautiful inside and out.
Fiquei impressionada com você garota!! Isso foi brilhante!! Parabéns por enfrentar as coisas de maneira tão sensata e madura, você com certeza servirá de exemplo para pessoas ao seu redor e de lugares longínquos, sua história já chegou no Brasil não é mesmo? haha Você será conhecida pelas futuras gerações e admirada, pois pessoas como você deixam um legado de cair o queixo, incentivando outras pessoas à fazerem o mesmo. Um grande abraço ♥
I was bullied like this. I'm pretty sure whale was one of the many names I heard in school. I also volunteer in animal rights, as an adult. You, my dear, are going to be light years ahead of all of us survivors of bullying in finding your strength & inner voice. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION.
Hi my name is Dee! When I saw the story on Facebook I instantly connected with it . I have been called fat and many more things . I love how you turned a negative into a positive !
You're amazing. Bullying and my weight led to self harm and eating disorders which almost killed me. Wish I would have done something this cool with the hurt
Way to make lemonade cutie. More power to you!!!
You are AMAZING! I have always struggled with my weight but was never plus size until last year when I got pregnant with my daughter. This just makes me know I need to be confident in my own skin. Anyways, I'm sorry you have been teased. The crazy thing is, I have learned so many times in life that those that say hurtful thongs about others... Are the most insecure of us all. Way to turn a really sad situation into something beautiful!
Congrats on being the bigger and better person. You're an awesome person THAT is what truly counts.
You go Dee! You are positive world changer! Those punks at your school are just trying to distract themselves from their own internal junk by fixating on you. Way to rise way way way above and show the world what a strong woman does in the face of hate.
Dee, is it possible to order tshirts again? There are folks who have seen mine and want to order one. Thanks!