Young girl (6) victim of online abuse following Late Late Toy Show appearance
Published 01/12/2015 | 19:14
A little girl who was a guest on the Late Late Toy Show last Friday has been subjected to a deluge of online abuse as a result of her appearance on the programme.
Lara Reddy, from Swords in Dublin, was tasked with reviewing several toys.
She began her chat with host Ryan Tubridy by reciting a version of the 'My Little Pony' theme song from the cartoon of the same name.
"My little Pony, so skinny and bony, went to the stable to die on the table", she sang.
Have to be the proudest dad in the world today. Nerve racking but RTE staff where outstanding, so kind and lovely https://t.co/YvRuO9uUQk— Stresskills (@stresskills) November 28, 2015
Thanks so much, I'll read her this in the morning.Twitter is much nicer than FaceBook, less racism and abuse (no lie https://t.co/Qe1ogHJ4ES— Stresskills (@stresskills) November 28, 2015
She's singing it at home daily, there are many variations. Sorry to see some adults saying "wtf"sheltered childhoods https://t.co/rgF542AZ3F— Stresskills (@stresskills) November 27, 2015
These lyrics prompted a torrent of tweets, with most claiming the child are her parents were advocating animal abuse.
Her father Mark has told of the vicious abuse that he and his family received as a result of Lara's five minutes of fame.
One Twitter user tweeted a picture of a bloodied child dressed as a warrior, holding a blood spattered doll and captioned it:
"Pic of Lara just taken backstage at the Toy Show. All ponies have left the premises."
Mark Reddy said on Twitter that he was very surprised at the reaction of the tweeters and tone of the tweets.
Referring to the alternative lyrics used by Lara he said:
"She's singing it at home daily, there are many variations.
"Sorry to see some adults saying "WTF" - sheltered childhoods."
Mark expressed his pride at his young daughter's on-air performance.
"Have to be the proudest dad in the world today. Nerve wracking but RTE staff were outstanding and lovely," he tweeted.
Despite the unpleasant trolling, Mark said that Lara had thoroughly enjoyed the experience, describing it as "the memory of a lifetime."