Yesterday, Mel Greig discovered that one of her costars had retweeted a comment calling her a murderer.
[You can read about that incident here]
That single comment caused her to reflect on the devastation that can be caused by simple words — and is particularly concerned about the impact those words can have on children.
Today, Mel writes…
As we head into Mental Health Week, I think it’s important we remember that words can HURT. I was reminded of that myself last week when I was too honest with sharing my opinions and observations and upset someone, I want to bring out the best in people and I was disappointed with myself for that.
Overnight one of my Celebrity Apprentice cast mates learnt the same lesson when he re-tweeted this:
“Not really happy about a Murderer @MelGreigRadio being on Celebrity Apprentice, so I am out, your fired Mel Greig #CelebrityApprenticeAU”
When I first read that tweet, I just did what I do with all the other horrible tweets people feel the need to send me and I blocked him and I ignored it. Those tweets do not affect me at all, seriously it was three years ago and people just need to move on from it. I have. But a follower brought it to my attention that a Celebrity cast-mate had re-tweeted it.
The reason why I’m disappointed in him is he’s setting a bad example; trolls shouldn’t be promoted. People shouldn’t use social media as a weapon.
This isn’t about me or the celebrity involved (who has apologised and I appreciate that), that stuff is superficial and it’s not the real world. But there is a bigger problem where words hurt the most, where acknowledging fault doesn’t happen often and it certainly can’t be fixed over chats and wine. Our children.
Young people who are dealing with hurtful words every day and they don’t often have the tools to deal with it. As it stands, suicide is the biggest killer of young girls. This week alone I’ve had two parents and one teacher call me for advice on how to deal with bullying on social media. How do we stop the words from hurting?