January 16, 2006 at 11:15 am
Forgive me for a bit of navel-gazing here as I blog about the blog. A couple days ago I finally got my first set of nasty comments. As is common with flames, they were much funnier than their idiotic poster ever intended them to be. Why is it that trolls* can never spell or punctuate properly? I guess they don’t teach grammar to people who live under bridges.
I’m surprised this hadn’t happened sooner considering I’ve got my big-ass, fat pictures plastered all over the background. They’re a large target, quite literally. My troll left 3 comments using different e-mail addresses, but they were all from the same IP address which means they came from the same computer. I junked the comments and banned his/her IP from my site because I am the webMASTER. You thought it was just a self-aggrandizing title, eh? No, it is also absolute power over my domain. That’s right kiddies, if you can’t play nice I will kick your ass off the playground.
I’ve been online for almost a decade now, so I’m used to dealing with mean people. I suppose there will always be 1% of my mind that is annoyed by comments like this, but for the most part I do find them funny. While the poster seemed to think fat people are pathetic, I think all of us, fat and skinny alike, can agree that there are few things more pathetic than people who have to make fun of fat people online to make them feel better about themselves.
While being made fun of for being overweight certainly isn’t on my Top Ten Most Fun Experiences of All Time list, I think in some ways it’s better to be on this side than the other. I would guess that the people who are mean to fat people because they are fat are also the same people who are nice to skinny people just because they’re skinny. While I don’t like people being rude to me, at least I know they’re assholes upfront. If someone just likes you because you’re thin or pretty, it must be harder to realize it.
Normally I wouldn’t even talk about a troll. Usually the best way to deal with them is to simply ignore them. They want to provoke a reaction, so it’s best not to give them one. But since he can’t read this, I figure there’s no harm. I was also curious if anyone else has gotten rude comments on their blogs. Anyone?
* A troll is the term used to refer to someone who posts comments online simply to anger and annoy other people and stir up trouble