I can’t believe I live in an age where people anonymously dice and shred others to the core…just for the sake of a differing opinion. The internet has a term for these people; Trolls. I wish they lived under bridges like those fabled creatures. Maybe some of that bridge dwelling would humble them, and cause a bit of introspection. The sad truth is that these trolls are like you and me. They vomit hatred on the world but most likely do so from a comfy chair, and perhaps have a warm cup of chamomile tea at-the-ready, when they need refreshment in between rounds of taking their angst out on the world at large. V over at https://sayhellotogorgeous.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/youtube-comments-why-you-gotta-be-so-mean/ inspired this post with her article about trolls on YouTube. It’s worth the read but I’ll sum it up. Her post had an emphasis on “haters” leaving nasty comments on beauty blogger’s videos. Some were called fat. Some were instructed to wear their hair a different way. It’s seemingly easy to dismiss these trolls, along with their spelling errors, but it’s so hard to look the other way when you are a witness to actual bullying. We all know that bullies are cowards. The ability to hide that cowardice behind a screen name is what makes “standing up to them” so frustrating. I don’t fuel these idiots fire by commenting on their ignorance. That would be giving them the attention that they’re so desperate for.
That being said; I must point out some prime examples of trolling idiocy.
Classical Music on YouTube:
I love drawing a hot bubble bath and soaking in it while I read a book (because I’m classy and shit). I light candles and hook up my computer to the t.v. while pumping the relaxing sounds of Beethoven or Vivaldi via YouTube. I never imagined I’d find a troll on a classical music post, but they’re there. They’re everywhere!
Here are some of their classy comments:
who in the hell can fall asleep to high treble chords at fast speeds… im not on blow. What a shitty piece of shit video
What? Stfu. Sorry. I mean… Shut the fuck up
Yoga on YouTube:
I love it. I love the fact that I get a free instructor in the privacy of my own home, without having to shove my downward dog ass into a stranger’s face. These instructors bare the brunt of troll comments as well.
Here are a few of the most troubling comments:
Dude ur fat!
Wtf? It’s called healthy. No way she’s fat. (not troubling, just a response)
She made me come
These trolls are brash. They are crude, and they are way off the mark. If that yoga instructor is fat, God help all of us “normals”.
You know what I love about WordPress? I love the fact that we can moderate and approve comments. If someone leaves a hateful or crazy comment, we can just not approve it. YouTube should catch up by empowering their content providers with the same choices.
All or nothing is not the way.