Friday 23 August 2019

Amanda Brunker: 'When will people realise that merely mentioning her name gives her the oxygen to hate'

Amanda Brunker

With the New Year about to begin, it’s a reflective time for most of us. Don’t worry, I’m not going to bore you with my 2017 to-do list as it involves all the usual stuff – eat less, drink less, swallow more laxatives. I’m joking.

I meant swallow more vitamins. However, I will share one thought, as I believe it’s time to rage against the hate.

With Trump’s inauguration less than a month away, the fallout from Brexit and the global rise of racism, I feel 2017 could possibly be one of the most hateful and upsetting years in recent times. I genuinely fear for what lies ahead, not only for me but for my children.

So I’m planning a detox of sorts – a plan to help with my mental health. Not that I have a problem in that department, but that doesn’t mean I can’t improve on my happiness levels.

Basically, I’m going to try to cut needless negativity out of my life. I’m talking about those people who hate for hate’s sake. For example, I’ll no longer follow or allow the appalling words of Katie Hopkins to annoy me.

On the announcement of Carrie Fisher’s death, Hopkins posted on Twitter: “Bloody Hell. Please don’t tell me I have to spend my time on radio tomorrow talking about floral tributes and tea candles to #CarrieFisher.”

That was the final nail in the coffin for me. No pun intended. I will no longer read and absorb her nasty messages about refugees or people who are overweight. I’m done with her.

I would encourage everyone to do the same.

Merely mentioning her name is giving her oxygen, so I’m stopping that now.

I’m not saying I’m going to stick my head in the sand and ignore everything bad. That would be naive and reckless. But I’m going to chase the good. Who’s with me?

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