Earlier this month, actor Josh McDermitt who plays Negan’s newly emboldened righthand man Eugene on The Walking Dead, pulled down his Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages after receiving death threats from so-called “fans” who confuse fiction with reality. “You can hate Eugene, I don’t care,” he wrote. “You can think whatever you want but when you start saying you hope I die, I don’t know if you’re talking about Josh or Eugene.” He’s not the only Walking Dead cast member to abandon the social media ship, either.
Alanna Masterson (Tara) recently deactivated her Instagram account after, according to the BBC, “she was body shamed.” Last year, Masterson, who was six months pregnant when she filmed the Tara-centric episode “Swear,” kindly asked “Instagram trolls” and “body shamers” to “grow the f*ck up.”
Dear Instagram trolls, body shamers, and the men and woman who think it’s ok to comment on my weight: I hope that you don’t have children. And if you do, I hope you teach them about kindness and acceptance. I hope they learn that it isn’t ok to make fun of people or call people names. I hope one day YOU learn what it takes to be a parent. A kind, selfless parent. A working parent. A parent that puts themselves in someone else’s shoes. Maybe you can’t get it through your thick f*cking skull, but nursing a baby for a year (and pumping in a van between takes, in the dead of summer in Georgia) is a lot of work, determination, and scheduling. So before you decide to make a comment about my chest being “too large” or how “fat” I’ve become, just know that this little girl got the best start to life. I wouldn’t have changed it for a second. I would’ve gladly continued to eat enough calories to produce milk for her little bones to grow. Also, grow the f*ck up. Your mother should be ashamed for raising such a judgmental bully. I’m sure she knows how “courageous” you must be for trolling and hiding behind your Iphone and computers. P.s. I would LOVE to see any man or woman give birth to a baby, nurse the baby, and then work 17 hour days and NAIL their own stunts. P.s.s. Be kind to each other. We need it now more than ever. (Via)
That last part is especially still true, and although Masterson can still be found on Twitter (where she hasn’t said anything in a week), it’s unfortunate her Instagram followers couldn’t “grow the f*ck up.” Or as Tara might put it:
(Via the BBC)