I have been reading a few articles about how Charlotte Dawson committed suicide this weekend after not only openly struggling with depression, but also being cyberbullied to the point she had even attempted to take her own life a few years ago. People have described her as being blunt and opinionated, but that does not give anyone the right to bully someone to that degree; she never meant harm to the people around her, she was doing her job by being open and honest, which is what we declare we crave more of in this fake and egotistical world of ours.
I have spoken in the past about something similar in regards to Lorde and how cretins in cyberspace abuse her for things like her appearance, the way she moves on stage and about her boyfriend being, “ugly and Asian” and it’s vicious and downright disgusting.
Where do we draw the line, people? Just because they are in the public realm, does that mean they are free bait and we should throw all of our shit at them as hard as we can? They aren’t untouchables, they are people like you and I. Okay, they might have more cash and perks that surround their day to day life, but they were born with 10 fingers and 10 toes, and with a heart and a soul that can feel love and pain, joy and sorrow much like (most of) us mere mortals out there.
We need to stop putting down other people - even the teasing/ribbing that we think is harmless. JUST STOP. You don’t know how someone else is really going to process that in their minds. I never write anything online that I would not say to someone in real life. People think because they have a cutesy user name that allows them anonymity, it gives them the right to basically stalk and harass others —- NO IT DOESN’T. It makes you a weak person who should be focusing more on your own discovery of self rather than belittling others for theirs.
This news article has left me a little unsettled, especially knowing that there are many others who, unlike Charlotte, haven’t had the press surrounding their cyberbullying or suicides and have slipped away from this world unnoticed to most of us. But it doesn’t mean they are less important. Yes, we should be VERY concerned about our health, like obesity and cancers, but we should also look after our minds much in the same way we look after our bodies. Consciously screen what you might say to the next person you encounter, rather than just saying it without much thought or consideration, and to Charlotte, we bid you adieu.