Today, Rebecca Marino (a talented tennis player) stepped away for a 2nd time from the professional tennis due to cyberbullying. I do realize that it’s maybe not the only reason but it’s a big part of it. She’s received some serious amount of hate messages and threats through twitter and others social media. I feel like society needs to do something about that. How is it okay or “inevitable” to do it on internet but in real life if you’d hear someone tell to someone else in the middle of the restaurant “you’re such a little piece of shit, you can’t do nothing right. Go kill yourself”. I am convince people around would react to that. Why not on internet?
I know everyone doesn’t react the same way, it may affect someone more than the other but it’s not an excuse either. If that someone is reacting more personally it doesn’t make it wrong. I’m also sick of people saying “just deal with it, there’s nothing to do about it”. First that’s not true and second if you think that way it’s OBVIOUS that there’s nothing that will be done about it.
If it happened to a up and coming tennis player and she’s not the only one since Laura Robson also deleted her Twitter account due to hate messages this week, it is happening to many other celebrities. No wonder some are so fucked up and having some serious issues if they are being told they are ugly and they should die all the time. It’s also obviously happening to everyone, yourself, your friend, your brother, your sister.
I feel like it’s time to do something serious about it. I’ve seen some ad campaign about it but I still think they are too mild. It needs to have a biggest impact, to show that real life bullying is the same as cyberbullying. (btw the fact that auto-correct doesn’t accept the word cyberbullying pisses me off right now loll). Let’s face it internet is a media platform just like a public restaurant or tv. EVERYONE can see what’s written about you and it may be even worse than when you’re being told in secret. I wish I had the authority or the power to make people realize that. To hit them hard and do something that has a real impact to waken them up.