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Wil Wheaton Sends A Message To Fan’s Newborn Daughter About Being A Nerd

Wil Wheaton had a panel at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo over the weekend and something extra wonderful came out of it. A mother asked Wheaton to tell her newborn daughter (via video to be watched later in life) why being a nerd is awesome. He hits just about every point I try to hit when someone asks me what it means to be a nerd – it’s not what you love, it’s how you love it. We’ll allow Wheaton to explain further…

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  • Totz_the_Plaid

    Dammit, Wil! You’ve gone and made me cry!

  • Kassandra Ferguson

    Is he wearing the fourth doctor’s scarf? Because that might just make this entire thing even better!

  • Cassandra D.

    Me too. *shakes fist* WHEAATOONNNN!

  • Barbara Slough

    Someone in the audience had gifted it to him!

  • Rain Mist

    I’m still amazed that I can, for example, explain a T-shirt to a normal and sum it up with “It’s a nerd thing; I’m a huge geek’, and they somehow think I’m being self-deprecating, and reassure me that I’m a normal just like them!

    No, but see, I’m Bragging when I say I’m a geek. BRAGGING. Because geek is awesome, and unapologetic (regardless of interpretation), and smart. And the geeks have inherited the earth; everyone is online, which means everyone has decided they want to play on OUR playground, where we hold the balls and know the rules better than anyone. Why would that be a cause for anything but pride?

  • Kupoberry Mooglenut

    That… was… AWESOME:)

  • Leah Smith Liebergen

    That could not have been timed any better. Here is what I posted on FB last night about our little geek girl: I just got done uploading our pictures from C2E2. I did it with mixed emotions, because as awesome as the weekend was, and it was awesome, some of that was taken away from Hayden today at school by “the mean girls”. You can see in the pictures that she created quite a button collection over the weekend. She wore all her pins, along with her pass and other lanyards to school today. I can just picture her pinning them on, all proud and happy. But, there are some really superficial and shallow girls in her class that took what was a source of pride for her and chose to make fun of her and call her out for flying her geek flag with pride. She came home in tears. Nothing breaks a heart more than hearing your kiddo sobbing, and nothing makes you angrier than knowing it was because of bullies who don’t understand her awesomeness. All our words about how important it is for her to be herself and to never change who she is are hard for her to take in, knowing she has to see these people at school again tomorrow. Why does the world need to be like this? Why can’t we celebrate each others’ uniqueness and be happy for people who have found their joy? The reason that Scott and I are such C2E2 evangelists is because of the tremendous feeling that we get in the convention center. Everyone is flying their freak/geek/nerd flags with pride and we are all there to celebrate that. But today Hayden was rocked back to reality, where not everyone is as kind or understanding. It breaks my heart. I want a better world for her. In the meantime, we will continue to celebrate her awesomeness. Because she is awesome, just as she is. And one day the rest of the world will all see that too.

  • Ruby Dynamite

    First Misha Collins and John Barrowman meet and tango and then basically flirt with each other on Twitter after Calgarycon and now this! Fawesome.

  • Jamie Jeans

    Wil Wheaton can still really hit it out of the park, can’t he?

  • Mina

    That was the perfect explanation.

  • Anonymous

    I love necrophilia and Wil Wheaton said it’s okay!

  • Lincoln Crisler

    Um…you’re an idiot.

  • Anonymous

    No, Wil Wheaton said I’m a nerd.

  • Anonymous

    That’s fantastic, he really gets into it.

  • Renee I.

    Everyone should love and be passionate about something and it doesn’t matter what it is (or if it is many things!) Go Wil!

  • Jennifer G

    This really couldn’t have been timed any better. My geeky husband and I are going in tomorrow to have our little girl (I’m being induced), and this is a perfect message for me to share with her when she gets a little older. Makes me even more excited. <3

  • Kara Humphrey

    Loved this. Cried. Want to show it to my little boy!

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  • Gemma Arcadian

    Several tears came to my eyes. Beautifully said off the cuff.
    It’s been such a long time coming that we are staring to have social value in communities that used to put us down.

  • R.O.U.S.

    Oh, there’s something in my eye…