Meet the teen who shut down body-shaming with one simple -- but amazing -- tweet
Madison Haulter is a high school senior in Indianapolis who recently attended her prom with boyfriend Tre Booker. And like almost every high school student, she posted pictures on her social media accounts from the night. But after posting some on Twitter, she began receiving fat-shaming tweets from strangers.
Please take a moment to recognize how horrible that is before continuing. (Seriously, WHO DOES THAT?)
One particularly awful person wrote, "Wow he loves you even tho you're fat" while sharing Haulter's original post. And instead of retaliating back as many of us would likely want to do, Haulter took the high road and replied simply: "Don't see how people can be rude to people they don't even know."
Perhaps because of its simple perfection and restraint, Haulter's tweet has since gone viral and gotten global attention. In an interview with CBS 4 in Indianapolis, the teen revealed she's been surprised by the response to her tweet.
"This is the craziest thing ever," she said. "I never expected this to happen. I just thought my friends would reply and that's it."
She hopes her message will help stop people from online bullying. "I just want people to realize the power behind their words," said Haulter. "You can't sit behind a computer screen and say anything you want to because your words can have a big affect on other people."
And, as her story has continued to spread, she's received some supportive words from across the world, including a tweet from one Chelsea Clinton.
Keep being awesome, Madison!
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