Signing up to a reality show means opening yourself up to criticism, especially when you're a member of the cast of Teen Mom 2. But there's a line between reasonable commentary and outright cruelty, and it has been crossed. Big time. After seeing Jenelle Evans talk about buying dope on TV, they're telling her to kill herself.
America, are you listening to yourself? You might think Jenelle Evans is a bad seed, but you've just gone way past anything she's done on MTV.
I don't agree with everything Jenelle has done in the years since we first saw her on 16 & Pregnant. Last night's Teen Mom episode in particular was upsetting with Jenelle and (now ex) boyfriend Kieffer's drug use.
But she's still a human being. She still deserves better than this.
We've seen a drastic rise recently in the number of people killing themselves as a result of online bullying. At this point, suicide is the 11th most common cause of death in America.
It's simply not a joking matter.
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What happened to Jenelle last night, as people tweeted angry comments at her during the airing of the episode, was beyond the pale. Said one Twitter bully:
@PBandJenelley_1 kill yourself #dojaceafavor
Jace, of course, is her 3-year-old son. Needless to say, losing his mother, even a mom who doesn't have custody, would be an irreversible tragedy for this toddler.
Said another bully:
@PBandJenelley_1 you gonna cry and get some drugs now?
The tweets are cruel, but more to the point, they're not constructive. Jenelle may have opened herself up to criticism by taking money to be on a reality show, but this isn't criticism. It's bullying for bullying's sake. It's taking pleasure in someone else's pain.
The fact is, it is possible to criticize a reality star with valid commentary about the need of parents to stay sober and prioritize a child's needs, but until people remember there is a human being on the other end of a Twitter handle, it's not going to happen.
Before you say something to a reality star online, stop. Think. Is it something you would say to your best friend if she was screwing up? If it isn't, maybe you should just keep it to yourself.
Do you think Jenelle deserves these kind of comments for her actions, or is the cruelty getting out of hand?
Image via Jenelle Evans/Twitter
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