Sometimes people get a bunch of confidence behind a screen and a keyboard. Sometimes this can be used for good, and people empower themselves with positivity. However, sometimes it also leads to online trolls who believe that anonymity gives them the right to be rude and horrible. Unfortunately, they recently targetted blogger and journalist Melissa Blake, but she was ready to strike back.
Melissa writes about everything from sex and relationships to talking about her disability. As a disabled journalist, she is exposed to trolls on a regular basis, and she’s learning how to deal with them. When one of her columns was discussed on a right-wing YouTube channel, the predictable comments came flooding in.
She shared screenshots of the abuse on Twitter. “Reminder that this is what it’s like to be a disabled woman writer on the internet AND #ThisIsAmerica in 2019.”
Not one of these commenters noticed the irony that they aren’t confident enough to use their own pictures. It shows that their supposed anonymity only serves to stir up hatred and abuse.
However, Melissa went a step further to show the trolls who is boss. “During the last round of trollgate,” she tweeted, “people said that I should be banned from posting photos of myself because I’m too ugly. So I’d just like to commemorate the occasion with these three selfies.”
During the last round of trollgate, people said that I should be banned from posting photos of myself because I’m too ugly. So I’d just like to commemorate the occasion with these 3 selfies… ???? pic.twitter.com/9ZuSYFOtwv
— Melissa Blake (@melissablake) September 7, 2019
Good on her for not letting people get to her and continuing to be herself! What’s more, her tweet went viral, gathering over a quarter of a million likes. Plus, she received hundreds of positive comments. “You’re beautiful and even more important, kind, smart, inspiring, funny and talented,” said one person. “Anyone who calls you ugly has a stain on their soul. Shame on them.”
Fighting The Trolls With Selfies
Melissa had previously acknowledged the online abuse on her blog.
“The dig at my journalism credentials doesn’t bother me, but you know what?? I’m getting so tired of people (read: men) thinking it’s OK to insult a woman’s appearance. Yes, my disability makes me look different. Trust me, I know that. I’ve known that my entire life.”
“And people wonder why I’ve struggled so much with self-acceptance when it comes to how I look and our society’s notion of what ‘beautiful’ is,” she continued. “It’s because of comments like these — comments that dismiss me and deem me unworthy. This is just one more example of the type of ableism that people with disabilities face every day and it’s something I’m constantly trying to change.”
Melissa accepts herself for who she is, and that’s an amazing woman with a big heart. She is truly beautiful inside and out, no matter what a bunch of anonymous trolls tell her. Let us know what you think of Melissa’s wonderful reaction in the comments, and share with your family and friends.