A female reporter Sonja McLaughlan was left crying in her car after receiving abusive social media messages following her post match interview with the England Captain Owen Farrell following England’s defeat by Wales in the Six Nations.
I know very little of the Rugby world but I’m led to believe that the England Captain can be a little terse when it comes to his answers after the match when he is interviewed which required the poor interviewer to be a little more probing than she might otherwise have been which caused a torrent of abuse to befall her through the medium of Twitter.
Wales won the match in Cardiff with a score of 40-24 although the match was riddled with controversy with many questionable refereeing decisions but apparently Wales won the Triple Crown in something called the Six Nations and well done to them.
Miss Mc Naughlan later tweeted; “Toxic, embarrassing, disgraceful, appalling, just some of the feedback I’ve had, thanks for using the @ sign so it’s all hit home. Now imagine getting inundated with abuse for doing your job. In my car crying. Hope you’re happy.”
Now I have never been trollied online, I’m glad to say and I hope it never happens, however I have learnt from this news item that using the @ sign makes it all the more personal, although I haven’t the faintest idea why.
All I can say in conclusion is, this is not the way to behave chaps, especially when using the @ sign, so desist immediately, this sort of behaviour is just not cricket.
About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin
I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent.
Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work.
I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise.
I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013.
My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie.
I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes.
I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage.
My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mr-Joe-Wells/e/B06XKWFQHT/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
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