Paralyzed Bride Says She Is Harassed by Cruel Commenters Online

wheelchairMost people have heard the heartbreaking story of Rachelle Friedman Chapman, the 27-year-old bride who was paralyzed from the neck down after a bridesmaid jokingly pushed her into the shallow end of a pool. To say that Chapman's story is gut-wrenching is an understatement. It's a tragedy that can pretty much bring anyone to tears. I mean, could you imagine? Becoming a quadriplegic right before your wedding because of a joke your friend played on you? Awful.

Chapman hasn't let the incident get her down, though. She's traveled all over and made countless appearances, sharing her story, in the hopes that it will not only help with her emotional recovery, but that it will inspire people.

It has. Mostly. Other people have used Chapman's appearances as a cause to attack her anonymously online. Isn't this a wonderful world we live in?

According to Chapman, she, like pretty much anybody who is in the public eye, has been the victim of Internet trolls. People have called her "lazy", "a parasite", and someone who's "working the system". Chapman said: "When you put yourself out there like I have, you'd be silly not to expect a few negative comments. But, honestly, I think I was a little naive as to how ignorant some people could really be."

You and me both, sister. I work on the Internet. A big chunk of my job is getting mean comments from anonymous people. But I truly am shocked that there are people out there who could say such nasty things to you.

I'm not quite sure why trolls would feel the need to more or less harass someone like Chapman -- someone who is trying to turn a horrible situation into something positive -- but I do know one thing: These people would never in a million years have the balls to say these things to Rachelle's face. When people are behind their computers and don't have to show their faces, they're big shots. They're protected by anonymity and that gives them a weird sense of power. But at the end of the day, trolling someone like Chapman really only shows one thing and one thing only: These people are deeply, deeply unhappy with their real lives. Sad.

What do you think of this?

 

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Melis... Melissa1508

Honestly Nicole, nothing surprises me anymore.  Our society is so screwed and there are some cruel hateful people out there.  I feel for this girl...she has been dealt a truly shitty hand and people are hateful to her.  Crazy.

nonmember avatar FM

It's crazy how stupid people can be towards disabled people-even other disabled humans pick on their fellow disabled peers. But that being said, they have to answer for their actions & words when God takes the world back & we have our judgement day

ms_da... ms_danielle_j

Just the fact that these people hide behind some computer and type out mean and hateful comments just shows how cowardly these people are. I find it very admirable for this young lady to be courageous enough to enter into the public eye and share her story. it takes a very brave individual to do just this. I can bet my bottom dollar that anyone who has commented negatively against what this woman is doing would last a day in her situation. Keep up the great work in motivating others! bow down

LadyM... LadyMinni

I get shit like this all the time because I don't look disabled. You would not believe how many times I have been cussed out for using handicapped parking, or one of those fun little scooter things in a store. All because I don't look disabled.


So yeah, I bet some of those ignorant buffoons would say something to this lady's face. After all, she's faking that she can't walk. She did it for media attention and money. She gets up and walks around when no one is looking. (All stuff I've heard said about quadriplegic people.)

Chana... Chanandler.Bong

I'm not surprised.  Just read a handful of articles on this site, and you'll see from the comments that people can be very hateful.  Sad.

Wendy Bacigalupi

Trolls are just that: trolls. They are irrelevant, hence why they troll from the safety of their keyboard. They want some kind of validation. Don't give it to them. :)

Ashley Crouse

It wouldn't surprise me in the least if some of those mean morons would say something to her face. I have been lucky enough to not have someone stupid enough to say anything to my face about being disabled. I have CF so some people say that I'm just faking it and that I have no problem but CF isn't a physical deformity or anything of the like so it's easy for them to act like it isn't a real issue. This woman is clearly disabled and cannot do anything in a normal way anymore and yet there are still people who will pick on her and say she's faking or that she's simply using the system to get money. It's a sick, sick world we live in and it only seems to get worse and worse. So many ignorant or stupid people these days.

Ashley Crouse

It wouldn't surprise me in the least if some of those mean morons would say something to her face. I have been lucky enough to not have someone stupid enough to say anything to my face about being disabled. I have CF so some people say that I'm just faking it and that I have no problem but CF isn't a physical deformity or anything of the like so it's easy for them to act like it isn't a real issue. This woman is clearly disabled and cannot do anything in a normal way anymore and yet there are still people who will pick on her and say she's faking or that she's simply using the system to get money. It's a sick, sick world we live in and it only seems to get worse and worse. So many ignorant or stupid people these days.

Ashley Crouse

Sorry for the double post.... it didn't show that it had posted.

Andrea Nicole Goodson

They wouldn't have the testicular fortitude to say it to her face. I think that people are just so cruel. She didn't ask to be paralyzed it was an honest mistake and now she is in a wheelchair. How would they feel if this was their daughter. Just saying.

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