Chloë Grace Moretz is candidly discussing the emotional aftermath of a cruel “Family Guy” meme that went viral in 2016.
The 25-year-old actress is revealing what she hopes fans will take away from her September Hunger magazine profile, in which she says the meme made her a “recluse.”
“I think the big thing is that compassion is a really key thing in humanity and just being kind with the words that you say with one another, the things you say online,” Moretz told Entertainment Tonight, while walking the red carpet at “The Peripheral” premiere on Tuesday.
She continued: “I think compassion is key and I hope that the world can have a little bit more of that.”
The paparazzi photo that Moretz is discussing in detail, shows her carrying a pizza box and wearing a black top, heels and shorts.
People drew comparisons to the “Family Guy” character Legs Go All the Way Up Griffin in an episode of the show called, “Amish Guy.” People edited the photo of the “Kick-Ass” star so that her midsection looked shorter and her legs looked longer.
In her “Hunger” interview published last month, Moretz described how the meme and photoshopped images led to her to suffer from body dysmorphia.
“Everyone was making fun of my body and I brought it up with someone and they were like, ‘Oh, shut the f – – k up, it’s funny,’” she said.
“I just remember sitting there and thinking, ‘My body is being used as a joke and it’s something that I can’t change about who I am, and it is being posted all over Instagram,’ ” the “Brain on Fire” star said.
The experience forced Moretz to reevaluate her career and she even turned down film projects.
She added: “To this day, when I see that meme, it’s something very hard for me to overcome.” Moretz noted how the offensive photo made her “kind of sad,” and made her feel too uncomfortable to go out in public.
Moretz sought therapy to discuss her issues and her body dysmorphia.
“I think that body dysmorphia — which we all deal with in this world — is extrapolated by the issues of social media. It’s a headf – – k,” she said.