Today I read an article on a well known newpaper website about reality TV star Lauren Goodger covering up while sunbathing in Miami. She is curvy girl who admits she has put on some weight lately, however she still looks (in my eyes) perfectly fine! Yet this article appeared to be about her 'finally' covering up.
Many comments on the article - refreshingly - were quite positive and stuck up for Lauren suggesting that she is just a natural girl who is a natural shape, others were not so nice. Some people suggested she is 'fair game' for comments due to appearing on a reality programme and being famous...maybe. Others said that because she is in the public eye she should be slim and make sure she kept slim at all costs (do anorexia and bullemia come into those 'costs' too?). There were also comments that got a lot nastier but I won't go into detail as to what they were.
This trend as we all know is called Trolling and those who dish out the comments are 'Trolls' and it seems it is very quickly spiralling out of control. A few stories have hit the headlines lately regarding celebrities quitting the networking site 'Twitter' due to internet Trolls. Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher has handed all use of his account over to his assistant because of it and Matt Lucas quit his account after receiving vile comments regarding his late partner who took his own life a couple of years ago. TV presenter Richard Bacon recently did a documentary about trolling and how he had been affected, only to receive even MORE posts from trolls after the programme had aired.
|TROLL: Not just a mythical character anymore.|
Somehow, it needs to be policed and fast because it is very quickly spiralling out of control and children and teenagers who have never known any different will grow up believing this is acceptable behaviour.