Golden State Warrior’s point guard Steph Curry is a huge NBA superstar. He has a championship and two league MVP honors under his belt, among many other accolades.
But recently, the “baby face assassin” has been overshadowed by his 10-month-old Doppelganger known best as, “Stuff Curry.”
Landon Lee Benton is the baby from Illinois who holds an uncanny resemblance to Curry. His bright eyes, woolly hair, and infectious smile make him the spitting image of the athlete whom he isn’t at all related to.
Because of this resemblance, Baby Benton has garnered more than 35,000 followers on Instagram; however, even an adorable baby isn’t exempt from being attacked by internet trolls.
Social media trolls frequently flood the comments on photos of the baby with harsh and cruel comments about his weight. They even dubbed him “Stuff Curry” as a way to poke fun at him.
Despite what people may think, Baby Benton’s parents say that he is perfectly healthy and to shut down the haters, they’ve increased his Instagram presence and embraced the “Stuff Curry” nickname by using it in their own posts as a term of endearment.
The baby’s mother, Jessica, was especially disturbed by the attacks on her son, particularly because she lost her older child to suicide after he had been relentlessly bullied.
“When he was in 11th grade, he told me about how the kids at school would say mean things to him and call him names and make fun of him," Jessica reportedly said in an interview with ESPN. "And I didn't realize how much that had taken a toll with his own self-esteem at the time... I have one kid who's not here with me and told me people made fun of him. I'm not gonna have another kid think that the whole world was laughing at him."
Their mother couldn’t save her older son, but she and Baby Stuff are showing the world that bullies never prosper.
Without even being aware of it, Baby Stuff Curry's increased popularity is shutting down the people who attack him. He also represents a family that has experienced the suffering that bullying can cause firsthand.
His older brother may not have been able to flip the negativity into positivity, but his family is showing that hate can be beaten.
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