Wil Wheaton y su visión de ser Nerd

Durante la prestanción de Wil Wheaton en Comic Con Denver 2014 una niña le pregunta si en la escuela le llamaban Nerd y cómo se sentía. Él le responde con claridad y comprensión de lo que significa ser Nerd y como superarlo.





When you were a kid, were you, uh, were you called a nerd? And if so, how did you deal with it?




When I was a little boy, I was called a nerd all the time, because I didn’t like sports, I loved to read, I liked math and science, I thought school was really cool, and it hurt. A lot. Because it’s never okay when a person makes fun of you for something you didn’t choose. You know? We don’t choose to be nerds. We can’t help it that we like these things. And we shouldn’t apologize for liking these things.




I wish that I could tell you that there is a really easy way to just not care. But the truth is, it hutrs. But here’s the thing that you might be able to understand, in fact, I’m confident you’ll be able to understand, because you asked this question.

When a person makes fun of you, when a person is cruel to you, it has nothing to do with you. It’s not about what you said. It’s not about what you did. It’s not about what you love. It’s about them feeling bad about themselves. They feel sad. They don’t get positive attention from their parents. They don’t feel as smart as you. They don’t understand the things that you understand. Maybe one of their parents is really pushing them to be a cheerleader, or a baseball player or, an engineer. Something they just don’t want to do. So they take that out on you, because they can’t go and be mean to the person that’s actually hurting them.

So, when a person is cruel to you like that, I know this is hard, but honestly, the kind and best reaction is to pity them. And don’t let them make you feel bad because you love a thing. Maybe find out what they love. And talk about how they love it. I bet you find out that a person who loves tetherball loves tetherball exactly the same way that you love Doctor Who. You just love different things.

And I will tell you this: it absolutely gets better as you get older.




I know it’s really hard when you’re in school and you’re surrounded by the same 400 people a day that pick on you and make you feel bad about yourself. But there’s 50,000 people here this weekend who went through the exact same thing, and we’re all doing really well.




Don’t you ever let somebody else make you feel bad because you love something they decided is only for nerd. You are loving things for you.

Thanks for your question.