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Online trolls who are slut shaming innocent people need to get a grip

Ariel Winters
Ariel Winters

Two things happened this week which angered me enormously and made me put fingers to keyboardwant and write about body shaming or slut shaming – or whatever name you want to give it.

The first involved the teenage star of a hit comedy show and the second a photograph I posted online.

During the week I read an article on Ariel Winters, the beautiful 17-year-old Modern Family star.

She posted a snap of herself in a bikini with her two nieces and immediately received a huge backlash on Instagram.

Instead of praising the young girl, some people went as far as to say that she was asking for it by posting a picture like that online.

Asking for what exactly? To me, there is an implied threat in that statement. For what? Posting a picture?

I don’t know what is happening in today’s world when internet trolls seem to think it’s okay to attack someone they don’t even know.

When I was growing up, I was taught that if you didn’t have anything nice to say about someone, then don’t say anything at all – and I still stand  by that motto.

I would never post a nasty comment to anyone because, if I don’t like what they post, I do the much easier and much kinder thing –  I keep my opinions to myself.

The thing that infuriates me even more about the abuse Ariel received was the fact that she’s a 17-year-old girl and  grown adults are attacking her.

It’s just wrong on so many levels. She has a beautiful figure and she wasn’t posting anything sexual, simply a day out with her family.

I received a similar attack this week on my Instagram.

I posted a picture I thought was nice. I posted a similar one six weeks back which didn’t receive any negativity. But, for some reason, this picture seemed to really aggravate some people.

I never intentionally post things that I think will annoy people.

In the pic, I’m wearing a bodysuit. I’m not naked but I had a lot of comments ‘slut shaming’ me.

I mean, all of a sudden, I was an unclassy girl, slutty and attention seeking for posting a snap!

At first, I was going to take it down because I couldn’t be bothered with the nastiness. But that would be giving in and making it acceptable – so I left it up.

In fairness, I have deleted a lot of the nasty comments simply because they are degrading and actually quite disgusting. 

What I also noticed about the picture was the massive amount of positivity that also arrived. There was plenty of support from my other followers and that’s what it should be about.

The world really has enough negativity without adding to it. So to all of you internet trolls out there – GET A GRIP.

Maybe find some positive ways to quench your boredom and to everyone else, stay lovely, it looks good on you!


Pray for our World

It’s been an awfully sad week for humanity. Our world  is under attack. Innocent people are being slaughtered, proving that evil does exist.

And it exposed itself in its truest form over the past few days. 

The horrific images and stories in the media from Paris – where 130 people were killed by terrorists – showed how truly terrifying the events were.

There were also dozens confirmed dead in another terrorist attack in Beirut.

Then there was the passenger plane that was bombed in Egypt a couple of weeks back; the violence seems never ending.

I live in London part-time and I can’t help but worry an attack could happen there next.

My thoughts go out to anyone affected by these dreadful events..