Ricki-Lee Coulter Puts Up A Selfie And Whinges When She Gets Negative Comments
Ricki-Lee Coulter a couple of days ago put the above selfie up on her instagram account and was offended when not all the comments were positive and called these commenters bullies.
Sure people online can be nasty but a lot of the negative comments were related to how thin she looked. Ricki-Lee needs to realise if you are going to put a photo of yourself on instagram you are also placing yourself up for judgement.
The Courier Mail reports:
QUEENSLAND singer Ricki-Lee Coulter has taken aim at online bullies after a harmless selfie sparked a flood of abuse about her body.
After posting a slim-looking selfie on Instagram on Friday, Ricki-Lee was bombarded with 195 comments, many of them criticising her for looking too thin.
A prolific social media user, Ricki-Lee is never shy in posing for pictures on her Instagram account, which boasts 78,000 followers.
However, her latest picture sparked a heated row between critics and supporters of her new slimline frame, ironically on a National Action Against Bullying Day.
“I’m sorry but you look like ET,” wrote Melly1973.
“You’re in the wrong frame of mind if you think you look healthy,” wrote Possie84.
Others said she looked like a robot or alien.
The former Young Diva, now based in Sydney, fired back to defend her appearance.
“These comments are ridiculous,” she wrote.
“I’m fit and I’m healthy and most importantly I am happy.
“If you don’t like the way somebody looks that’s fine but keep your negative opinions to yourself.”
She went further, using National Action Against Bullying Day to put online trolls in their place.
“I don’t care what people think of me but I do care that people use social media to bully and spread negativity,” she said.
“This kind of body-bullying needs to stop.
This is mildly ironic considering Ricki-Lee (who I am a fan of) has participated in a plethora of articles about her body weight so people are going to have an opinion about it. You can’t court the media on this issue and then expect people not to have an opinion.
But by the looks of these comments made by some of her followers she has not been bullied but insulted and offended. A big difference. It certainly did not stop her from putting a photo of herself in a bikini a day later.
If individuals are moved to take their odious beliefs to the level of intimidation, discrimination or violence, we have laws to deal with them. Until then, we are simply dealing with remarks, pronouncements, comments, utterances and statements.
People who claim to know what is acceptable for the rest of us to read, watch and say are, by extension, telling us what to think.
How many people would you trust with that power?
If you want to be able to tell people things they don’t want to hear, we have to accept people will say things we also don’t want to hear. It’s not pretty but, as soon as you start making exceptions to freedom of speech, it’s not a freedom any more.
Celebrities use social media to promote themselves and their products but it also put them in close contact with their fans and this can be a positive and negative. They need to realise that not everyone is going to fawn over them but that does not make them bullies.