Walking Dead actress Alanna Masterson was brutally body-shamed after an episode where her character Tara was running through the woods. In real life, the actress had just given birth to her child, and went back to work right away.
Masterson called out many of the Internet trolls on her own, but the actions still didn’t sit right with co-star Josh McDermitt, who plays Eugene on the series. He discussed what went down with The Huffington Post.
“It’s very frustrating—the Internet,” began McDermitt, who blogs weekly about the show. “People feel like they have a platform to just say whatever-the-hell they want and it can be anonymous. You can say the most racist, vile, stupid crap and hide behind the name…or fan account. They think they can hide behind that.”
McDermitt went on to describe his view of the experience. “She just had a kid. That’s why she hasn’t been in the first six episodes because she was recovering from pregnancy and then people are talking trash about her appearance, and it’s like, screw you.”
“I’m going to bully you into stop bullying,” confirmed the actor-comedian. “That’s what I feel like we need to do. I don’t know how this is gonna work, but we have to stop bullying each other and calling people out for their appearance.”
McDermitt on Internet Shaming
McDermitt tries to be as self-deprecating as possible, so others are unable to repeat these actions. “I make fun of my weight and I make fun of my hair, and a lot of that is insecurities, but it kinda takes the wind out the bullies’ sails at times, but not everyone’s gonna do that, and, honestly, I wish I didn’t have to do that.”
“People need to chill the “F” out with the crap that they’re putting on the Internet. It’s very disturbing. We are people—everyone. And I’m not talking about actors. I’m talking about anyone on the Internet. I mean, I just read something on CNN the other day where a teenage girl committed suicide who was cyber-bullied. This is bullshit. This should never happen.”
McDermitt went on to say that the social media companies in charge aren’t doing enough to call out cyber bullies and that these accounts should be shut down. It’s likely, Alanna Masterson would agree.
What would you say to Alanna Masterson’s cyber-bullies in her defense?
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