Joanne Zalm Has Facebook Site Specifically Hating Her
News.com.au have a story today saying there are hate sites specifically targetting Joanne Zalm with some messages also containing death threats. Channel Ten has condemned the hate groups.
The article states:
Hundreds of highly offensive comments, including threats of violence, have been posted on the pages with one – named the “Get rid of JOANNE ZALM (masterchef) fanclub” – with just under 1000 members.
“We all know Joanne can’t cook and is not a team player. She is so annoying she needs to go. fell [sic] free to use this page to voice your opinions,” reads the page’s preamble.
One comment reads, “LET’S KILL THE B. . . .”.
Hundreds have joined similar hate groups, criticising everything from the Sydney hairdresser’s looks, facial expressions, Lebanese heritage, dress sense and cooking style.
Some accuse Zalm of receiving preferential treatment from judges while others make crude, sexually explicit references to the 37-year-old.
A Ten network spokesman yesterday condemned the anti-Zalm groups, saying inappropriate comments were always removed from the show’s affiliated forums.
“In environments where we have control, bad behaviour and toxic commentary, not in keeping with the positive spirit of MasterChef, is not tolerated,” he said.
“MasterChef is a family show and a family website. We have always removed posts that are abusive and have taken an even harder stance in recent weeks.
“We encourage debate, however all non-constructive personal abuse are removed and repeat offenders banned.”
Zalm admitted she wasn’t aware of the Facebook groups. “I’m oblivious to it,” she said yesterday.
Facebook did not respond to The Daily Telegraph‘s inquiries.
SMH also ran an article about the Facebook site plucking comments from them:
“Finally a place with like minded people, who are obvioulsy great judges of character [can congregate]…I despise her, her voice, the way she looks and especially the way she always passes the buck and refuses to take any blame for things not going right (sic).”
Another wrote: “She bloody cried getting interviewed on 7pm Project – you’ve got 2 be kidding me!!!!!(sic)”
Also they queried whether Joanne Zalm was being kept on the show because of the drama she is creating.
Ten this morning dismissed fan claims that Zalm was only being kept on the show to add to the drama.
“All contestants in the competition are here because of their passion, skill, talent and hard work, and each is deserving of their place,” the spokeswoman said.
On the plus side people are also using online forums to support her. Maybe Channel Ten could give her a bit of loving in their episodes as well.
My advice ignore them it says more about the writer then the person, unless of course they breach any laws, then report them to the appropriate authorities.
I wrote an article about my views on this topic supporting the social media here.