Dawson talks of ‘helplessness’
Mon, 03 Sep 2012 12:09p.m.
By 3 News online staff
TV host Charlotte Dawson has spoken out about the cyber bullying which led to her hospitalisation last week.
In an interview with Australia’s 60 Minutes, the Sydney-based celebrity said she feared for her own safety.
“I’ve never had death threats to this ferocity; I’ve never had a campaign to this ferocity. My tweets are usually about how old I am, how ugly I am or how I failed at my marriage, or how I can’t have children or how I’m a spinster, or how I’m plastic. It’s usually appearance stuff,” she said.
Ms Dawson also took the opportunity to respond to those claiming her suicide attempt was a ‘publicity attempt’.
“I was very drunk. I was extremely distraught, it just triggered that feeling of helplessness, it got to me, that got the better of me and they won,” she said.
“You do have to have a thick skin, and you do understand that no matter what you do, even if you are Mother Theresa, people are still going to hate you because they think you’re ugly or don’t like the sound of your voice. Sometimes, especially if people are wanting you to kill yourself, when you have previously tried to end your life, it’s very easy to feel like that’s exactly what you want to do.”
Melbourne's Monash University has suspended a staff member who joined the online vitriol, after they tweeted Ms Dawson saying "on behalf of NZ we would like you to please go hang yourself".
Dawson says these sorts of behaviours need to change.
“People need to be extremely responsible, if they can be when they are online,” she said.
“I think people diminish what bullying is. Bullying is extremely threatening behaviour that is constant and makes people feel threatened and terrified. I can’t think of anyone I have done that to.”
She says the words of her online bullies may come back to haunt them.
“People can be traced. I have contacted the police and had lengthy discussions with them today. They are using devices, mobile devices, iPads, computers in order to vilify and intimidate so there are consequences.”
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11/09/2012 4:54:35 p.m.
Free Speech advocate wrote:
You must be in your 40s now Ms Dawson? How hard is it to ignore what the numerous trolls on the internetz have to say about you? Or if it is that hard, just de-activate your social media accounts.
Im sure the police have all the time in the world to chase up people who are saying mean things about you on the internet.
Plz Ms Dawson.....Grow up, we dont need to give the state more excuses to infringe into our lives.
10/09/2012 11:23:19 a.m.
My heart goes out to you Charlotte. Youre a lovely, gorgeous woman. Both my sisters suffered depression for years, both have passed away. I really feel for you. Stay strong!!!
10/09/2012 8:48:54 a.m.
Eva Adam wrote:
I was appalled by all the nasty comments these trolls have made to Charlotte my heart goes out to her and I truely hope that each and everyone of these people are prosecuted!!! How dare they obviously nasty nasty souls For Charlotte you are better than those as*****ls! Hugs to you and know that there will be justice
9/09/2012 5:24:48 p.m.
My heart goes out to you Charlotte XXXYou are such a gorgeous gal!The problem with social media is that every loser now has the ability to print something nasty.I dont look any where as gorgeous as you you and am a stay at home with a special needs child but I admire you so much.Stay strong.Trash comments come from the trash of society XXXXX From Auckland
8/09/2012 5:30:56 p.m.
yeah i agree dont have f/b or twitter or a website . Get rid of it.
I feel for her, as she alreay fighting her own self worth battle, but take yourself away from all electronic devices Charlotte and just get of with living
8/09/2012 7:29:43 a.m.
Dion Hutchinson wrote:
Cyber bulling is all to common these day's alot of people have been hurt by it and I think it really stinks that people out there think that it's o.k to do that. When I saw Charlotte Dawson on 60 minutes I really felt for her and hoped she'd be o.k
7/09/2012 2:43:17 p.m.
Charlotte perpetuated this nonsense by carrying it on sadly. Is she ignored it, it would have gone away, but she kept up the momentum. I don't condone cyberbullying or whatever you want you call it, but grow up everybody and if you get nasty comments..delete your account..quite simple really!
5/09/2012 7:26:00 p.m.
TVNZ need to take some of the blame for this. a few years ago Ms dawson appeared on our screens and within a month she was everywhere! And people were saying "ah f*#@ not her again". and has become our lasting impression so when she pops up again like a winter flu, the stupidest members of society let fly. Get a job ms dawson.
5/09/2012 6:12:28 p.m.
Just a woman thing wrote:
Never happy about just being, Need Magazines to fill the void of nothing ness, Welcome to the Wilful Mind - control world, Blokes just kick the Sh_t out of a football and get on with it.
5/09/2012 1:02:07 p.m.
Hey Charlotte you smoking Hot 40 something. 99% of your hate mail is either women who are jealous of the way you look or sad lonely guys mad at life and the fact that women such as yourself will always be out of their reach. peace&love babe forget the haters.
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