The reality TV personality shared private Instagram messages from someone branding her a “fat bitch” and a “fat c**t”, before uploading a series of videos to her Stories calling for people to be nicer online.
Scarlett said: “I just want to say… apologies that last post has swearing in. But I just think it’s really important for people to see some of the daily messages that I get.
“I’m really pleased that Jesy Nelson done the show on bringing trolls to the forefront and making people understand the effect it can have on you, especially if you don’t have a good support network around you, I can imagine it’s really, really difficult.”
She continued: “People say because you’re on the TV or if you’re in the public eye then people are allowed an opinion.
“Yes, I would agree to that to an extent, but when people are using vile and bullying comments… at the end of the day, being a TV presenter is my job and if I was in any other job and I was getting emails like that from staff or from people, they would be getting warnings and sacked, something would be done about it.
“People need to remember it’s okay having an opinion but when it’s hurting people’s feelings and when it’s vile, abusive language, that’s when it needs to stop!
“Educating children – the majority of the time it’s not children – but if we start and drum this into kids young as they get older they’ll understand that this is wrong. The majority of the comments I get are from around 25 to 50-year-old men, they seem to love calling me names, God knows why.
“People don’t know what’s happening in people’s lives so you need to be a bit kinder.”
Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out aired on BBC One, and is available to watch on BBC iPlayer now.
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