The comments section on the internet can be a very hostile and brutal place, I know… “Paul you’re about as likeable as Justin Bieber,” is one of the nicer trolls I’ve received; the others… well they’re unpublishable pre-watershed.
But enough about me. This is about judging a book by it’s cover.
Enter Ashley Stevens, she was shocked to learn that a photograph of her and her boyfriend at a wedding had gone super-viral. The photo, captioned ‘My friend caught the bouquet. That is her boyfriend in the background,’ was meant to poke fun at her boyfriend’s shocked expression, but instead, caused an avalanche of hate when posted to Reddit.
The photo got 2,699 comments, mostly wondering what the woman in question was doing with her boyfriend at all:
‘He’s clearly punching above his weight.’
‘My guess is that they’re siblings.’
‘That dude should marry her yesterday before she gets a hold of a mirror.’
‘That fatty would be lucky to marry that hot bitch.’
And, sadly, the above comments were just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, they got so brutal that Ashley decided to stand up for her fella. She hit back in a Facebook post in which she defended her boyfriend Chris, calling him ‘understanding, loving and hilarious’, while mentioning how shocked she is that so many people would be that quick to judge:
In an interview with ABC, Chris said he wasn’t bothered by the comments.
‘Honestly, I’ve always been a big guy the majority of my life and so of course I had the comments and the cruel jokes growing up, so I kind of got used to it. I know who I am and I really don’t care what people have to say about me because I’m confident. It’s trolls sitting behind their computers. They don’t know us and they can’t talk about us, so honestly it just didn’t bother me.’
To the troll who said ‘he should marry that girl,’ I totally agree. Not because she’s out of his league, but because she’s clearly a top girl who’s willing to stand by her man and tell internet trolls to do one… Go on Chris, put a ring on it.