The Internet is both the best and the worst thing in the world, depending on how people use the power they have when they're sitting behind a screen.
But one TikTok prank is being absolutely slammed by disability activist Lizzie Velasquez - and it's not hard to see why.
At age 17, Lizzie Velásquez was on the receiving end of abuse when she stumbled upon a YouTube video created by online bullies that dubbed her as the "World's Ugliest Woman."
via: YouTubeA few years later, Velásquez did her first TED Talk challenging beauty conventions as we know them.
What could have destroyed her, made her.YouTube channel, and motivational speaking engagements and books.
Velasquez couldn't pull her teenage self from the comments section.
via: YouTubeIn fact, she read every last one.
"I was so desperate to find one person that was standing up for me," she said. "And I never found it."
Velásquez is diagnosed with Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome as well as Marfan syndrome.
via: YouTubeShe is unable to gain or retain any weight and must eat every 20 minutes in order to survive.
At birth, Velasquez was just 2 pounds and 10 ounces.
Velasquez has gone on to be a huge disability activist.
But it seems not everyone thinks the same way.
And now Lizzie has become aware of the trend, she's willing to do anything in her power to stop it.
The "ugly teacher trend" involves parents pretending to Facetime Velasquez to scare their children.
"He had a scared reaction on his face."
"Please, everything that these kids need to know about having empathy and being kind to one another starts at home."
"Whether their photo is photoshopped to look exaggerated or whether they are babies who were born uniquely different, nobody has the right to use that in the form of humor."
So Lizzie took to Twitter to reach out.
Young people listen to young people. Can you help me get the attention of bigger @tiktok_us creators to help stop t… https://t.co/sVoeJr2W38— Lizzie Velasquez (@Lizzie Velasquez)1597037012.0
She's reported the videos but worries this won't do enough.
Hey, @tiktok_us I have a lot to say about this “trend.” Think you can help me out besides just reporting the video?… https://t.co/wzYJcjlkHV— Lizzie Velasquez (@Lizzie Velasquez)1596924947.0
And many have responded.
@littlelizziev @tiktok_us Lizz i have followed you ever since your first viral post and learned a lot!❤ Up to this… https://t.co/1ARWVLotoQ— Manuel Salomón (@Manuel Salomón)1596966735.0
People are sending her tons of love.
@littlelizziev @more_milf @tiktok_us You are so amazing, strong, beautiful and no one I mean no one should ever eve… https://t.co/meaYF8s5k5— Sophie Anderson (@Sophie Anderson)1597001640.0
It seems as though everyone is behind her.
@littlelizziev @tiktok_us This is such a powerful and compelling message. Thank you so much for saying this. This r… https://t.co/i4C16eSgEM— Victoria Brownworth #NoUnityWithoutAccountability (@Victoria Brownworth #NoUnityWithoutAccountability)1597032881.0
We hope Lizzie gets some success in her aims!
The grown up is supposed to lead by example. Let’s do better, my friends. Let’s do better. @tiktok_us #facetimeprank https://t.co/8pNSAEEmux— Lizzie Velasquez (@Lizzie Velasquez)1596981359.0