Why do people keep playing games when it comes to threatening people online? Celebs are sick of it and they are beginning to take action.
Just a few weeks ago, John Legend’s girlfriend contacted twitter after she received threats from fans of Chris Brown and was able to get each and every user that sent her a threat deleted from the social network. Now, it’s The View host Sherri Shepherd that is taking action against online bullies. This week, after she was threatened on twitter by a Lil Kim fan who tweeted, ‘Somebody should drag u in a back alley and rape you’, Sherri marched down to the police station in an effort to get the user thrown in the clink.
According to her tweets, she is absolutely sick of bullies who say what they want online without having no consequences for their actions:
WHO DO I REPORT THIS TWEET TO? THIS IS A THREAT & I’M PISSED. This online bullying nonsense has got to stop… I need Twitter to step up. For someone to say I need to be raped… Really? You think I should be raped in a back alley? Let’s see if the police agree with you. I took a pic of your tweet. I’M FILING A POLICE REPORT. SO TELL ME SHOULD BE DONE WITH ME.The Twitter user’s followers began to harass Sherri further on Twitter, many of which she retweeted on her page, and they said that she was a “snitch” and even a few said that they hope she died. The Twitter user himself said was slanging all kinds of insults, saying that he didn’t say he would rape her, but he hoped someone else would, which didn’t make it a threat. I get it; it’s Twitter and people shouldn’t be taking too seriously, but nowadays you can’t let anything just slide when there are crazies on the other side of the screen. You don’t know what people are capable of, especially with folks going H.A.M. over Facebook statuses, getting fired over updates or getting stalked when they “check-in” to places. There is no excuse for telling a woman she should be raped. Ever.
Just talked to the police about [username omitted] …the should be changed for folks that bully – no consequences & the bullying continues. I am going 2 file a police report 4 U threatening me. And so help me God, when I find out where U live, charges will follow. I’m tired of folk thinking they can hide behind a celeb Avi & type anything they want to you w/o consequences b/c they can’t be seen COWARDS. I’m not a little 19 year old… I’m a grown a– woman… seriously you want to threaten me? I’m on my way to the police. This type of bullying is one of the reasons children are killing themselves b/c there’s no consequences for the bully(s). Those who follow me you may want to turn me off cuz’ I’m about to tweet all [User's Name]‘s followers … I’m looking for him/her.
We cannot let this bullying of our children continue… we have got to stand up to bullies – even online bullies. No one is stealing my joy; however I’m very angry that cowards masquerading as big talkers get to let loose online. On my way to the police station… will let you know what they say when I get back
Just returned from filing a police report for this online harrassment nonsense. I will be pursuing this legally. The police said
@Twitter has to be subpoenaed for release of [username omitted] information.Thanks for the support everyone. Bullying has gotten out of hand & it’s breaking my heart that kids are out here having to with it. I retweeted the tweets and threats to bring attention to the seriousness of cyber bullies. There [should] be laws that demand consequences. I will not sit back and ignore these COWARDS – this type of online bullying goes on unchecked @Twitter what are you doing about it? How does a kid deal with the constant bullying assaults & it not affect their mindset? These are the kinds of tweets they get- how do we help?