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I have to weigh in on something

So, one of the communities here posted something about a certain celebrity having a rant on social media and posting a pic of a person he claimed bullied him.

On the one hand, I get where he's coming from. As a fellow sufferer of depression, bullying and prejudice from people who have no concept of what we go through, regardless of whether we are famous or not is something we face all the time. If what he alleges is true, this person told him basically to 'get over it' and that he should be happy because he's famous and just take the negativity.

Being famous doesn't preclude someone from suffering depression. Unlike me, this celebrity is unable to suffer in silence. So he's not allowed to have bad days because he's 'famous'?

This is ignorance of this horrible illness at its worst.

Having said that, however, I feel he was wrong in posting this person's pic on social media. Complain to the management of this place (it was a bar or restaurant), but naming and shaming on social media just makes that ignorance worse. I've read a few comments already on the community and they're all very negative toward him.

I realise he wants to raise awareness of depression and mental illness, but this is not the way to do it. It just makes people dislike him even more because they see it as using his celebrity status to whine. The only way to fight the ignorance is to talk about it, not complain that one person did something you don't like. You think I don't want to say a big 'f--- you' to people who have treated me the same way? Of course I do, but I don't go posting their pics all over social media.

I accept that I have a mental illness. I also accept that there are some people who will never understand it and think I'm either putting it on or need to 'get over it'. To them I say, it's never that simple. I don't believe in fighting fire with fire. I do my best to show people I can live a normal life despite my illness and ignore the idiots.

Perhaps, Mr Celebrity (although I doubt he will ever see this) you should learn from one of our rugby greats, Sir John Kirwan. He raised awareness by talking about it, not complaining about the way people treated him. He has done a lot in this country for people with mental illness and it's gone a long way toward helping people accept it as a real illness.

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roxymissrose
Aug. 16th, 2016 12:01 am (UTC)
If you're talking about who I think you're talking about, he does have a tendency to wear his heart on his sleeve. I haven't seen the post myself, just read what he wrote to the person, which didn't seem too bad to me, really. I don't know, but I'd rather set my face on fire than go to any comm to get further info. But I do have to agree, if he posted the person's pic, that really wasn't too cool.
phoenixnz
Aug. 16th, 2016 12:08 am (UTC)
I don't like assuming anything bad of a person and I know we're not getting the full story, but yeah, if he did do that, it is not cool. I think people are saying horrible things about him because of his tendency to stand up for himself and say hey, it's not ok to treat people that way, but he needs to think before he acts, is all I'm really saying.
tasabian
Aug. 16th, 2016 12:46 am (UTC)
He needs to knock off the public shaming - this isn't the first time he's posted someone's photo. He's got over a million twitter followers so if he puts someone in the crosshairs like that, it's like swatting a mosquito with a nuclear missile. He may very well have had reason to be annoyed but the thing to do would be to speak to the manager of the restaurant.
phoenixnz
Aug. 16th, 2016 01:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, it creates more problems that way. I mean, I fully sympathise with him on how he feels but he really needs to think about his actions. I mean I've heard there are death threats for this person and that's going way overboard.
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