When celebs take a bite at troll bait

2017-01-09 05:55


Boity Thulo (Photo: Gallo Images)

Cape Town  - Nobody likes to be publicly shamed online, but it seems like celebrities might get it the worst.

Imagine having thousands, no millions of people scrutinising your social media accounts, just waiting for you to make one wrong move.

Recently TV personality - Boity Thulo - was tweeted an inappropriate picture on Friday of a guy's junk. 

She decided to call out the perpetrator and responded to his tweet with some not too nice emojis. Even though many of her fans applauded her for dragging him out in the open, many thought that she was encouraging this type of behaviour by giving him attention. 

Cyberbullying is not a joke. People have lost their relationships, jobs and even their lives due to online cruelty. Even though some people have a think skin and don't pay much attention to it, not everyone has the emotional capacity to withstand the toll of cyberbullying.  

So, what is a celeb or any person for the matter, supposed to do? Should they respond with a spicy retort or just hit block and move along?

Well, I commend celebrities like Boity, Chrissy Teigen and Pink for standing up to their internet trolls. 

A proposed bill to combat hate crimes and hate speech has been opened for public debate and consultation. The Prevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill would criminalise acts of hate speech.

I'm just glad more and more people are standing up for their rights and taking a stand against online bullies. 

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