Margaret Cho reveals how she’s dealing with online haters: “We’ve got to be vigilant and protect ourselves”
We know that the wonderfully open Margaret Cho has long enjoyed interacting with fans on social media.
But she has not been enjoying it so much in recent weeks.
‘I’ve experienced numerous breaches of security, a couple of very troubling face to face interactions and so much online trolling I can’t help but believe it’s all somehow connected,’ Margaret writes in a Facebook post.
She advises taking action.
‘I want everyone in the reach of my voice to keep their phones charged, film everything, screenshot and report ALL offensive people and ALL threats on social media. You can block the dummies but I report them for their outright stupidity, because I have to have a bit of fun too.’
Margaret adds: ‘BUT UNDERSTAND ‘Haters’ are potential killers. We’ve seen this countless times now. They say it on social media, then they go DO IT. We’ve got to be vigilant and protect ourselves. Stay alive. I need you all here with me. I love you.’
Margaret, who has nearly 400,000 followers on Facebook, sometimes takes things a step further by taking a screenshot of the offensive message and sending it to the sender’s employers, spouses, loved ones and even celebrities they like.
‘Ask their employers if they are aware of this person’s activity online and if they condone this type of behavior,’ she advises. ‘That usually shuts EVERYTHING DOWN. And it’s pretty gratifying. Bully the bullies with class and grace. It’s the BEST.
‘Sometimes Twitter is slow to help so take matters into your own hands by using their hateful words against them,’ she writes. ‘Omg it’s so fun. I’m so into #hateshaming.’