Monday, 7 January 2013

When Twitter Goes Bad: Claire Richards Attacked by Trolls



Doncha hate it when Twitter becomes evil?
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I never liked the group "Steps"
I begin with this statement as its kind of ironic that this is the second post I have written in as many months championing one of the groups singers when I own not a single track by them and went to great lengths to avoid listening to then at the height of their success.
wrote a while ago about the shocking treatment of Claire from Steps in the Daily mail, basically being bullied for no longer having the slim figure she enjoyed pre children a decade ago (I know woman has kids, and puts on weight shocker-hold that front page)  and I'm afraid I find myself yet again feeling I need to step up to the plate and defend this chick, this time I'm talking to you twitter.
I love twitter, it makes me laugh every day, gets me the news faster than any other medium I know and always seems the sassier, slightly smarter alternative to the likes of facebook, or the food porn of instagram.
Sadly I know it can also be the online equivalent of  a troll cave and have at times seen some  frankly quite shocking stuff tweeted. 
Pinging around timelines like hash tag wrapped hate turds, sometimes the trolls take over and boy were the hairy toed ones out in force last weekend.
You see last Sunday was the launch of Celebrity Big brother and one of the contestants is Claire Richards from Steps.
Lovely Claire putting her head in the lions mouth that is CBB

Now I completely get that if you put your head in a lions mouth you might get more than a neck nuzzle and it could be argued that if you stand on a glorified catwalk being filmed and photographed for the British TV viewing public at large you are inviting comment.
However-I'm going to say this again as it needs to be reiterated.
Its not cool or clever to spend your time on twitter calling a woman you don't know,have never met and who has a family and friends (who could no doubt see all the comments because you hash tagged them) hurtful names.
Twitter when you are nice you are very, very nice and when you are bad you are horrid
Picture from Pintrest
Claire Richards knows she is plus sized, she began her celebrity Big Brother VT pointing this out (getting in there before others could no doubt) and the fact she felt the need to comment on this in advance made me a little bit sad I have to say. I'm sure she would rather just describe herself as a singer and mother.
So its not the elephant (no pun intended) in the room.When you tell Claire on twitter she is overweight you are not exposing the fact that the emperor has no new clothes you are just being cruel. 
And twitter trolls think on this, by equating being a certain size as being unattractive, ugly and somehow less of a person you are just buying into the medias current "obesity epidemic" obsession which is just another glorified stick to beat women up with about their appearance.You have swallowed the bullshit guys and are basically an online woman abuser-nice.
Claire was wearing a lovely frock, had fab hair and killer heels on and to be fair lots of plus sized hotties were giving her outfit the twitter glad eye but sadly there were also quite a few  being snarky about her weight. 

This is where I have a love hate relationship with twitter. The 140 character limit brings out so many clever, witty wry observations which can make a simple action such as watching dancing on ice hilarious. 
Its allows an immediate connection to current events and has in many ways (in my humble opinion) broken the stranglehold of the Murdoch media empire in a rather spectacular fashion. Print what you like, broadcast what you will, often the real reflection of whats going on in society is played out on twitter whilst the rest of the world plays catch up.
But to use the medium to call someone a "fat bitch" or ask "who ate all the pies" come on that just isn't cool twitter, its not funny or urbane its cringey and unforgivable. Don't make me take away your wi-fi privileges.
How about we get this trending on twitter just for the sheer hell of it  #Claireisbeautiful 
or maybe if you have nothing nice to tweet, don't tweet anything at all.




















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