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Saw that our friend Dianne Williamson posted some fan mail she’s been receiving on the Facebook machine:
See, now that’s funny. Not the message from an anonymous Facebook troll, but her reaction to it. Because he called her some pretty awful things, such as “fucking ugly,” “liberal twat,” and “cunt.” And she responded by saying, “I am NOT fat,” thus implying that she is all of those other things, but takes offense to be called the least offensive thing he mentioned in that tirade. Get it? This is why Dianne Williamson is funny and talented. Because she knows how to handle stuff like this.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out how more adults in the media and public sphere need to handle online “abuse” like this. For instance, Leslie Jones, the star of feminist Ghostbusters recently caused quite the stir when she started whining about some of the racial and sexual harassment she was receiving. Instead of just blocking, or even better – using her large following to publicly humiliate these trolls, she started playing the victim. Bad look.
Never let them know that they got to you. You are above them, but if they know that their words can hurt you, then they win. When Milo attempted to point this out to her, she reported him to Twitter and now he is banned for life.
Leslie Jones should’ve done what Dianne did – suck it up and move on with your life. Online “abuse” isn’t real abuse. People who are abused know who the people are that are abusing them. They’re not looking at harmless words on a computer screen. That’s literally all it is – words that are digitally imprinted on a device made by an 8 year old Chinese boy. If you can be hurt like this then the Internet and the public spotlight are not the place for you.
Some people are not as wise as Dianne though:
We get hundreds of messages a day. Lots of people send us ideas for stories, so we recently hired a kid from Worcester State to wade through them all pick the best ones for us to write about. But he also saves our “fan mail.” And literally every day we get stuff similar to what Dianne got today. It comes with the territory. It’s part of the job. It’s a biproduct of two of the greatest inventions in the history of mankind – freedom and the Internet.
Of course when we told Dianne this, we were already preaching to the choir:
Nuff said. If a small city newspaper columnist can figure this out, then more celebrities should be able to do the same. Big boy and big girl pants only.
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