I have pretty much accepted internet trolls…like we all have. You know, the idiots that hide behind their computers on sites like Twitter to be vile, ugly, “messy” and mean. And this ain’t your regular mean…these people are shockingly hateful to celebrities and every day folks, alike. They don’t seem to have a conscience and they most certainly have no filter. And they are everywhere. While I haven’t been the victim of any internet trolls, I know a girl who has been. She was not only angry, but frightened over remarks made about her that were completely false and the veiled threats that accompanied them. It was a few years ago and the site finally agreed to take the post down. But it had a lasting effect on her. I spoke to her today and had to smile as I listened to her sing the praises of Curt Schilling.
I am a huge sports fan, so I immediately knew what she was talking about. For those of you who don’t, Curt Schilling is a retired MLB pitcher. And a great one. A couple of days ago, he sent a congratulatory tweet to his daughter about her admission to college. Then…for whatever reason, she was sexually threatened by several idiots. EXPLICITALLY sexually threatened. (Who knows why…I can’t quite grasp the motivation of people who do this type of thing) So her daddy did what any good daddy would do. He found out who they were and he called them out. Publically. (I can’t believe there are still people who think using a different name or “anonymous” actually makes you anonymous.) As of right now, Adam Nagel, has been suspended from college and Sean McDonald has been fired from the Yankees where he worked part time in ticket sales. In addition, there are student athletes who lost scholarships over this, some have been suspended from their sport for the season, and two were expelled. And the fallout isn’t over.
I applaud Curt Schilling. Not only because of the father he is, but because by standing up for his daughter, he stood up for all women. This kind of crap is NOT okay. We need to make our sons and daughters understand it is NOT okay. The internet is a wonderful tool for all sorts of things. But we should use it responsibly. Things you post “anonymously” have a way of biting you in the ass. Just ask a couple of these guys who threatened to rape Curt Schilling’s minor daughter. They’ll be walking around with a “sex offender” tag forever. And for what? To look good on the internet? Well, thanks to Curt Schilling, it backfired boys. Enjoy the fruits of your labor because they are certainly here to stay.