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online trolls Imelda May reveals she receives daily death threats after releasing her poem about racism

One of her poems, You Don’t Get To Be Racist And Irish, caught the attention of online trolls, and the singer said that she still gets frequent hateful messages from them months after posting it on social media.

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Imelda May on the Graham Norton Show (Matt Crossick/PA)

Imelda May on the Graham Norton Show (Matt Crossick/PA)

Imelda May on the Graham Norton Show (Matt Crossick/PA)

Imelda May has said that she has receives daily death threats because she posted a poem about racism on Instagram.

The Dublin musician released her debut poetry EP, Slip of the Tongue, last year, which tackled various issues including racism.

One of her poems, You Don’t Get To Be Racist And Irish, caught the attention of online trolls, and the singer said that she still gets frequent hateful messages from them months after posting it on social media.

Imelda, whose album 11 Past the Hour is currently sitting at Number One, will join Miriam O’Callaghan on Sunday With Miriam this week to discuss the hate she receives in response to her political beliefs.

In a clip from the interview, the Liberties legend said that she doesn’t regret posting her anti-racism poem.

“I’m still getting [threats] daily. A lot of hate, death threats, everything. Oh my god, I can’t even tell you what I’ve gotten but I don’t regret it for a second and I’d do it again,” she said.

“That’s the power of words, isn’t it? That’s why it’s important. Words, you have to choose your words. Words are important. They stir up things sometimes and like I said, language and words are important.”

She previously spoke to the RTÉ Guide about the “nasty” trolls and admitted that she has had to go to the police before.

“Some of them have been really nasty and you get scared with the things some of them say, it can get really bad and you're having to report it to the police, so that can rattle me.

“But what I’ve realised is that the people who give me that anger and hatred, seem to do that all day, to everybody, and I'd hate to live that life.

“I’ve also noticed that most of them haven’t even read my poem, at all. They’re just looking for someone to hate,” Imelda added.

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