‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Mayim Bialik Accused of Mocking a Fan’s Painting of Her

“Your comments couldn’t be more discouraging,” one commenter says of actress’ assessment of the portrait

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Everyone’s a critic, eh, Mayim Bialik?

“Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik was called out this week after she weighed in on a portrait of her painted by a fan.

In an Instagram post published on Tuesday, Bialik shared a photo of the painting, as well as a message from a social-media user who said she had painted the image as part of a “30 day challenge.”

“I love a good challenge. So here goes,” the user’s message read.

“30 paintings in 30 days. 30 minutes each,” the post continued. “Day 1: Mayim Bialik…a personal hero to me, being a Mental Health Advocate and overall great human being.”

Bialik’s assessment of the image might be characterized as lukewarm.

“I think … a portrait of me needs more than 30 minutes,” Bialik wrote. “Still flattering … I think.”

Bialik went on to ask what’s “with my teeth.”

Bialik’s message didn’t sit well with a number of people who registered their displeasure in the comments section of the post.

“It’s wonderful that you featured a fan’s artwork, but I sincerely hope your comments were simply a poor choice for a use of sarcasm,” one comment read, in part. “Day one painting, so much praise for you and what you do for mental health but you chose to shame her in front of all of your followers? That doesn’t show a regard for mental health, neither do the mocking comments coming from the peanut gallery. Give this person some credit!”

“So disappointed you!!! [sic],” another comment read. “Your comments couldn’t be more discouraging @missmayim.”

“I was really disappointed to read what @missmayim posted. I read it a few times to make sure I wasn’t misunderstanding & it still comes across mocking,” another commenter wrote. “I agree, build each other up, find the positive, be kind.”

“Your comments about these artist’s painting of you is just terrible…,” another comment read.

“You overlooked the part where she said you were her personal hero &, ‘great human being,’” another commenter wrote, adding, “maybe don’t mock what you inspire.”

However, a commenter taking credit for the painting said she was honored.

“Sarah (Sarah Ellen on FB) the artist here. I am honored that Mayim somehow found my FB post yesterday. And I hope she continues to be flattered by my choosing her as my first portrait…even though (as my husband also noted) ‘she looks a bit like a vampire,’” the comment read. “Thank you again Mayim, for all that you do for the mental health community.”

See Bialik’s post below.


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I think ???” a portrait of me needs more than 30 minutes. Still flattering. ???? I think. What’s with my teeth, sarah Ellen!?

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