• Mon, Oct 22 2012

Adele’s Baby Reminds Us That You’re Never Too Young To Be Harassed Online

Legend already says that Adele sang her way through the birth of her son. That each time she pushed, she produced new musical notes that no one even knew existed. That as the baby’s head crowned, they both erupted into a duet so powerful that it’s already number one on all the charts.

But that’s not what we’re going to discuss today. Not when we have the more pressing matter of internet trolls on our hands. Yes, in the hours since Baby Boy Adele Konecki the Third arrived in the world, tweeters got to work making him feel unwelcome and uneasy with his body.

Think of it as someone clicking the fast-forward button on his life and rocketing him from the womb to a middle school locker room.  Our friends at The Daily Mail picked up this disturbing trend yesterday evening and report the following:

The most disturbing message came from a user called name Vanessa Bieber, who wrote: ‘Aw Adele gave birth to a baby. Is it fat and handicapped lol? Just murder it already lol.’

Another Twitter user wrote: ‘I’ll go see her in the UK and kill her’, while another retweeted the message, adding: ‘And kill her baby.’

Many other users wrote that Adele would have more material to write about if she suffered from post-natal depression, or if her son died, while others said they hadn’t realised Adele was pregnant because she is overweight.

While some people are reacting in shock that people on Twitter could be so cruel to a newborn, I think it’s just a healthy reminder that trolls don’t discriminate based on age. There’s no “you must be this tall to have your life threatened online” requirement in this active community of anonymity.  They’re equal-opportunity offenders who won’t let the fact that Adele’s baby doesn’t even have Twitter stop them from sending him disturbing messages.

So let’s not act like we’re surprised that people on Twitter are cruel to a newborn — and instead use this as a friendly reminder that no one’s safe from being harassed online. Not me, not you and most certainly not any embryos you may know.

Everyone’s fair game for trolls. Even a baby who’s destined to grow up and one day break up with his girlfriend by handing her his mom’s music and saying, “you’re going to want to listen to these songs after we have our talk.”

(Photo: Awais, PacificCoastNews.com)

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