Sunday 26 February 2017

Holly Carpenter: I know Brian McFadden's pain when it comes to nasty online trolls

Holly Carpenter
Holly Carpenter

It wasn't only Kanye West who lost his rag on Twitter this week, as our own Brian McFadden found himself in a war of words with a couple of petty internet trolls.

He posted a photo online of him taking part in Channel 4's new skiing competition, The Jump.

The caption read: "This year @TheJumpC4 has gone to new heights", to which someone responded: "Unlike your career hey?"

It's safe to say Brian didn't see the funny side of this jibe and replied: "Shut your face c***" before adding "Or I'll find IP address find out where you live and strangle you with your f*****g mouse".

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I've recently been at the receiving end of a few nasty tweets. As much as I'd like to say "I have a thick skin, it didn't bother me at all", I'm only human. A couple of them kind of got to me.

Like Brian, I may have wanted to drop the 'C bomb' when referring to a few people who tweeted me. However, that was over a glass of wine with the girls in my home, not on Twitter.

As difficult as it can be, I think the best and only way to deal with trolls is to ignore them. All they want is a reaction.

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I doubt the people who targeted the singer online would have the balls to walk up to him in broad daylight and slag him over his career to his face. I don't believe some of those grown men would have the nerve to try and insult me to my face, because I would be well able for it.

I feel kind of sorry for anyone who builds up a brave, online persona and then fails to back it up. The only person they're fooling is themselves and maybe they should consider taking up a more positive hobby.

When I found myself getting p***ed off with a few people slagging me online, I temporarily deleted my Twitter app, to the relief of my family and friends. It's easier to keep a cool head during the day and brush it off.

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But a few G&Ts down the line, it would be a different story and I would have been one nasty tweet away from aggressively typing foul-mouthed replies and pulling a Kanye on it. I would have found myself drowning in "the fear" the next day if I had to go through my timeline deleting death threats and insults.

It seems like Adele - who has almost 24m Twitter followers - has the right idea when it comes to keeping a cool head online. After putting her foot in it a few times, two people must now read her messages, which are then "signed off" by someone else before they go live. I love her for admitting that, I'd say she'd be unreal craic on a night out.

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