Tuesday 21 August 2018

'Deleted all the badness' - Rubberbandits forced to disable comments on new video about suicide as trolls attack vulnerable fans

New song 'Sonny' tackles the issue of suicide in Ireland

The Rubberbandits
The Rubberbandits

MUSICIANS Rubberbandits have revealed they disabled comments on their new video on YouTube on Saturday night after trolls attacked vulnerable fans who had shared their mental health struggles on the platform.

The duo released Sonny, a powerful song about suicide, on Tuesday and in the following hours and days many people posted comments of congratulations on the video's message, and support for people who might be struggling.

Some people shared their own battles with mental health issues and Rubberbandits revealed that they were subjected to appalling abuse by anonymous posters who told them to take their own lives.

Irish singer Hozier took to Twitter to say he had read the comments and was "heartened by people's responses". 

Rubberbandits said they had "deleted all the badness" but there were too many negative comments coming in so they disabled all of them on Saturday night.

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RTE presenter Eoghan McDermott also weighed in, "People say the darkest most sinister shit about really innocent topics/people online, sure it's magnified 100% for something heavy. Very sad."

A still from Sonny by Rubberbandits
A still from Sonny by Rubberbandits

As of Sunday morning comments were open on the video (which has amassed more than 200,000 views) again and all were overwhelmingly supportive.

"The rate of suicide in men is 3-4 times higher than in women (Eire and NI combined). That's pretty steep. These fellas have my thanks for supporting other fellas, and raising awareness on the subject. Good bandits" wrote one.

Another added, "Wish a couple of my mates had heard this, before they ended it all. Fucking poignant shit lads. F***."

Independent.ie has contacted Rubberbandits for comment.

If you are affected by any of the issues in this article please contact:

Samaritans - 116 123 or jo@samaritans.org

Pieta House - LoCall Helpline 1800 247 247

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