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Charlotte Dawson 'needs to back off' troll campaign

Posted by: Ned Franklin | 25 October, 2012 - 10:44 AM
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3AW Entertainment Reporter Pete Ford reckons Sydney TV personality Charlotte Dawson 'needs to back off' her campaign to name and shame internet trolls.

In August, Dawson suffered a highly publicised anxiety attack and required hospitalisation after she was viciously targeted by a number of twitter users.  On Tuesday, Channel 7 News filmed Dawson confronting her abusers in person for the first time.

"The sad part about her appearance on 7 is the trolls seemed more calm and sane than she did," Pete Ford said.

"The problem of Charlotte taking on this cause is her act's about abusing people and putting them down so it becomes a bit murky as to why she's become a champion of this particular cause."

PLAY: 3AW Entertainment Reporter Pete Ford on Breakfast

Dawson was a member of the red carpet fashion police at last month's Brownlow awards, passing judgment on footballers' wives and girlfriends' outfits.

She is currently suing the Herald Sun after the newspaper questioned her ability to commentate the Red carpet two weeks after her suicide attempt.

"Why does she want this angst?  Just take it easy, love," Pete Ford concluded.

Dawson said she did the interview on Channel 7 for a sense of "closure."

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Blog comments Your Say

  • Charlotte Dawson is a role model for those who are bullied. She speaks for those who can't and for those who didn't and have lost their lives. She is holding bullies acountable for their actions and I think all bullies should be publicly shamed, for it's an extremely shameful act. They showed no remorse which makes you wonder what else they are capable of in life. Homosexual men seem to have a high rate of bullying towards women which I find intriguing.

    SS Friday 9 November, 2012 - 12:31 PM
  • petes an idiot called me a mysogynist pig... ok... now u've really crossed the line... i just wanted to be loved by everyone... but wot u said has mortally wounded my precious ego...so now i'm coming after u to name and shame u on TV with a current affairs crew...excuse me now while i just go and have a little cry...

    Woman Act Your Age Tuesday 30 October, 2012 - 2:58 PM
  • Tanya, u r an idiot. She was perfectly reasonable. A teenage girl was trolled by bullies and as a result commited suicide. Woman Act your age...u r a mysogynist pig....take some of your own meficine. Charlotte you rock!!

    petes an idiot Monday 29 October, 2012 - 10:35 PM
  • How far do you go with the vengeance before you end up playing the same belittling game as the perpetrators?

    Is this a suitable platform for self-promotion? Have the media minders thought through the repercussions of stooping down to the lowest common denominator and disenfranchising the TV audience the advertisers so carefully target?

    Twitter is for pimple faced twits, isn't it? Why the traditional media love-in with the new medium when most sensible dignified people live in the real world, away from a narrow two finger portal to mediocre updates about irrelevant issues?

    Conversely, "Just take it easy, love," is a bit too patronising isn't it?

    As Grandma would say, you all need a good spanking and sit in your corner for a while!

    Solmon's Sword Sunday 28 October, 2012 - 1:06 PM
  • trolls are cowards, they have no integrity, compassion or accountantability. They hide behind the technology they are using. What happened to the old saying "if you cant say something good don't say it at all". Fine if you have an opinion about an issue, but word it in a deflamatory way.

    lynne Saturday 27 October, 2012 - 9:22 AM
  • KAZ the statement you have made is just as nasty as the people you are responding to I would say you are no better think about it.

    mandy Friday 26 October, 2012 - 11:31 AM

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