Actor Lonnie Chavis, who currently plays young Randall on This Is Us, hopped onto Instagram earlier this week and took down internet trolls in such a mature, graceful way we kinda thought Jack Pearson was speaking to us.
On Monday, Chavis took the high road while responding to trolls who had apparently been leaving rude comments on his social media posts. In an Instagram video, he articulated that he hopes these trolls can look at their behavior before lashing out.
"I could get my gap fixed," he tells his unnamed bullies. "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. People kill themselves, and you’re the one who’s making them doing it. Fix your heart, though. For real. 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."
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PSA! Yes I have a gap in my teeth, that braces can fix when all my baby teeth fall out. I’m gonna keep on smiling though 😃 🛑 STOP TROLLING 🛑 STOP BULLYING! Fix your heart! To all those being bullied or being trolled YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, YOU ARE AWESOME, and YOU MATTER! ❤️ #FixYourHeart
Chavis' heartwarming and mature response has us feeling way more emotional than we expected, to be totally honest. To see this young man just pushing past these bullies and having a serious heart-to-heart with them on a real level… well, it's giving us all the feels.
Turns out lots of folks felt the same way we do. When Chavis reposted his Instagram video to his Twitter account, he was met with lots of love and support for both his graceful response and the gap in his teeth those trolls sought to make fun of.
— Marsai Martin (@marsaimartin) June 26, 2018
Aw I love your cute smile 😁❤️Don’t listen to the haters
— 💞Rachel💞🌸💫🦋 (@XoBabyDollXo) June 25, 2018
I work in dental @LonnieChavis and having a gap in between your front teeth is often considered beautiful. Some models even choose not to have it fixed for that reason. Keep smiling and don't let a few nay sayers bring you down. X
— Donshae Jeffries (Kaesler) (@donshaek) June 26, 2018
I wish I could “like” this video a million times❤️
I am so sorry you were bullied. Just know that you are more mature, kind, caring, and a bigger person than every single one of those trolls. Never stop being you!!
— Sammi Ryan (@SammiRyan77) June 26, 2018
Keep your gap baby it’s beautiful!!! It’s what makes you, YOU!!!
— ✨Dj Amezon✨ (@Dj_Amezon) June 26, 2018
We are forever #TeamLonnie, on this issue and all issues going forward.