Harassment and bullying online is nothing new. It comes in many forms, from harassing tweets, to nasty facebook posts, and even emails. No one is immune to the less than positive side of social media, but you may be surprised at who is the latest victim of Twitter trolls….
Our lovely, charming, hilarious and caring Niall Horan.
Now, if you’re anything like me, you will immediately be up in arms and ready to take down anyone who dare bring unhappiness and torment to our fav Irishman. But hold back, fans, as Nialler has taken to his own defense.
Niall recently took to Twitter to call out these ‘fans’, stating that not only are they speaking poorly of him, but also his family and even nephew Theo. How anyone could think harassing a child is okay, is beyond me *cough* Freddie haters *cough*.
Apparently, this abuse has been going on over two weeks now, and the incessant messages have been keeping him up at night.
Of course, Niall states the same thing we’ve all been saying all along…that we actually seem to let people get away with this.
Adding insult to virtual injury, it would seem that these trolls were even taunting Niall as he address their behavior…
Now, obviously, anyone who has followed my articles with any form of regularity know I have a less than forgiving view of such behavior, and unfortunately fandoms seem to be rampant with it. Usually, it is directed at other fans, those who don’t agree with our views, competition over favs (the one I find the most hilarious) and the like. But to actually reach out to a band member; of a band you say you like, and harass them is deplorable and beyond my comprehension.
I will honestly never understand such actions. What do you hope to gain from this behavior? Does it make you feel powerful? Stronger? Important? Do you really have to tear someone else down just to bring yourself up? That, my dears, is the epitome of bullying, and incase you haven’t noticed, no one likes bullies.
But, true to form, Nialler remains the carefree and happy soul we adore, assuring us he is above their childish actions, and couldn’t care less.
Of course, the fandom reacted to this news in their faithful and supportive way.
And, possibly the most surprising to 1D fans, was the support from Dan Wooten, a reporter who has a long standing history of less that supportive (or even accurate) stories on our 1D lads.
At the end of the day (yes, feel free to sing that line), just remember this: Niall is rich, famous, talented, and loved by millions. In the end, your feeble attempts to hurt him or bring him down will not achieve whatever it is that you hope to attain.
In reality, all you’ve done is make yourselves look foolish, and ignite the hatred of the rest of the fandom.
Well played, trolls…
*waits for Niall to block you all*