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Me, myselfie, I! Disability activist takes on internet trolls one selfie at a time

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Although Melissa Blake can walk short distances with difficulty she uses an electric scooter to get around. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/@MELISSABLAKE81
Although Melissa Blake can walk short distances with difficulty she uses an electric scooter to get around. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/@MELISSABLAKE81

SHE’S looked different all her life so she’d become used to being trolled on the internet and called names like “blobfish” and “whale”.

But one day things went too far. 

Melissa Blake, an American journalist who was born with a rare bone and muscular disorder called Freeman-Sheldon syndrome, wrote an essay criticising US president Donald Trump and a Trump­-supporting YouTuber responded by sharing her photo. Soon hundreds of people weighed in, mocking her appearance. Melissa, whose condition results in skeletal malformations, head and facial abnormalities and restricted limb movement, usually laughs off the taunts of strangers.“

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