Friday 21 October 2016

Young girl (6) victim of online abuse following Late Late Toy Show appearance

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 01/12/2015 | 19:14

Lara Reddy (6) from Swords was subjected to abuse online
Lara Reddy (6) from Swords was subjected to abuse online
Mark Reddy and his daughter Lara who received online abuse after appearing on the Late Late Toy Show
Lara Reddy talking to Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Toy Show last Friday
Lara Reddy appeared on The Late Late Toy Show

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.

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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.

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."

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