As a celebrity you might expect her to be a target for trolls and bullies. She accepts that. But when a follower took offense at the comment "go kill yourself," and spoke out sharing the suicide of her own husband, everything took on a completely different tone.
The statement made in response by the "bully" now identified as Tanya Heti, a mentor at Monash University, would be found offensive by most people.
That the university defended her as her right to free speech is deplorable.
This woman is a mentor.
Bullying is constantly in the media. I don't know how else you interpret "go kill yourself" to be anything other than bullying. And the statement "no wonder your husband committed suicide" is also.
This is exactly what I have been referring to in my other articles on bullying such as The Power Behind the Actions of Bullying, Television, Bullies, and You (to name a couple). Adults bully one another all the time in the things they say and do. Discussion about any issue seem to deteriorate quickly into, not an exchange of ideas and opinions, but personal attacks that have little to do with the subject being discussed. We as adults do this all the time but we excuse it under our "free speech" disclaimer.
Call it whatever you want. It is the example we set for our kids and they are emulating us and we need to stop pointing at them and shaking our heads and start owning up to our own disgusting behaviour.
There are only 3 ways to teach. The first is by example ...
the second ... is by example ...
and the third ... is by example.
Our children reflect the world they are raised in and as we all know by now .... "WE are the world..."