MANY celebrities have fallen victim to social media trolling for various reasons; for some it is for their size, a comment they’ve made, their relationships or sometimes, for nothing at all.
Actresses Princess Shyngle and Moesha Bodoung, who are some of the most trolled, have spoken against it and the negative impact it has on people.
Another actress, Belinda Dzattah, who has also been a victim says her experience has taught her that the best way to stay away from these bullies is to do the right thing on social media.
“I have been there before, I remember I wore a bikini and posted the picture on my Instagram page and someone came to comment that I was wearing a sack.
"In fact, it was a movie poster and we were about five girls in bikini. Interestingly, I was the only one the person picked on, comparing my size to that of the others.
“What he wrote was not pleasant so I quickly deleted the comment and then I blocked him. That was my wake-up call, that when you post right on social media, you get the right response.
"This is not to say cyber bullying is a good thing but you do not have control over what someone will write, it is rather what you put out there that you can control,” she told Showbiz.
The trolling, according to Belinda, had made her question everything she did, including what she wore as a plus-sized person.
“It got me thinking; I was like ‘why would I go naked and post on social when I know my body type is not suitable for certain things.’ That is the question people should ask themselves, if you go naked and post it, it is out there and when people come at you, blame yourself.
“Social media can be used for a lot of things which will not warrant anyone bullying you. If you give people too much to chew on, they will also come at you a lot, just do the right thing and no one will insult you,” she added.
Belinda challenged anyone experiencing cyber bullying to take a minute and ask why he or she was being bullied before hitting the comments section.
“Sometimes people would want to advise you on something but the tone they would use is sometimes too harsh, which I do not condone. But before you go into the comments section and reply, ask why the bullying started.
"Again, it is your social media handle but what you do not put out there, people do not know,” she stated.
To the plus-sized ladies like herself who have experienced trolling, she advised that they should not let it get to them. “Do not allow anyone bring you down because of who are, you are beautiful in your own way. Exercise to stay healthy, eat well and wear dresses that flatter your body.”
On the movie front, Belinda is optimistic that this year will be great one for the industry.
“The past two years have not been good but this year looks promising. On my side, this year has started well already and I am hoping for more scripts, endorsement deals and more awards.”
Belinda Dzattah started acting in 2010 but took the profession serious in 2012 and has since featured in over 20 movies.
They include Chelsea, If You Were Mine, Why Should I Get Married, In April, Royal Diadem, Black and White, Prince Bride and 5 Brides.