Popular radio and television host Meshel Laurie has called out the online trolls who attacked her with vicious comments about her appearance and weight.
She shared the messages two men wrote to her via Facebook, calling her “hopeless” and “horribly overweight”.
Online bullying has become a huge issue in recent years, with people taking advantage of the fact they can hide behind a computer while they say mean and nasty things about other people.
Meshel said she wanted to bring the issue to light to make people aware that this kind of behaviour is still happening.
“I don’t want you to feel sorry for me, for a lot of reasons, but specifically because … this doesn’t happen to me a lot and also genuinely it did not hurt my feelings, I just thought it was a fascinating thing that happened.
“The first one said, ‘you just told us on ‘The Project’ to fatten up for winter, look in the mirror and maybe hibernate fatso’.
“And then I swore back at him, I’m just in the mood where I just went, I said ‘Hi Daryle, that was actually the point of the joke you stupid, joyless, creep,’ I put another word in there.”
Much to her surprise, the man wrote back to her and apologised.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of it though and Meshel received an even more hateful message from another man.
“You should require a special licence to go out in public with a face like that,” he wrote in his tirade.
“And you’d be more suited to stacking shelves at Woolies … on the night shift!”
Meshel was quick to name and shame the men, sharing they profile pictures and full names in screenshots of the messages.
Both men were reportedly inundated with messages from Meshel’s fans who hit back at them for their hateful comments.
However, some people have said Meshel was wrong to share their personal details, saying she is doing just as much damage by ousting them.
“This makes you just as bad as the so-called trolls Meshel,” wrote one person on her Facebook page.
“Two wrongs don’t make a right, you know…” said another.
However, others threw their support behind her.
“People forget that actions have consequences and if you wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, why would you do it on social media?” wrote one supporter.
“Seriously… if they are stupid enough to say stuff they should be able to take the heat of backfire,” replied another.
There has been some contention in the past over whether or not it is right to name and shame online trolls, or if it is just as bad as writing the hateful messages and comments in the first place.