“This trend where you are pretending to FaceTime someone who is disabled or is a baby or there’s some crazy mugshot and you’re showing it to someone to get their reaction and say ‘Oh hey, talk to this person’, just to get a quick laugh – this is not a joke”.
Velásquez then overlaid her video with a clip of someone performing the FaceTime prank – using her photo.
“A mom was showing her son a picture of me and saying that ‘This is your teacher for the new school year’ and he had a scared reaction on his face,” she explained.
“If you are an adult who has a young human in his life, please do not teach them that being scared of someone who doesn’t look like them is ok.
“Everything that these kids need to know about having empathy and being kind to one another starts at home. This is not ok.
“This is a trend that needs to stop. We are human and we have feelings. Please keep that in mind”.
Velásquez lives with Marfanoid–progeroid–lipodystrophy syndrome, a rare congenital condition that stops her gaining body fat, among other symptoms.
Her plea has now racked up over 150,000 shares and comments.
People were horrified she’d had to make it in the first place.
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