By Shannon Carlin
Sky Ferreira is sick and tired of anonymous commenters spreading their hateful opinions all over the internet. And she’s assuming you are too. So earlier today (March 5), Ferreira took to her Facebook to write an open letter asking her fans to help her stop cyberbullying.
“I’m exhausted of (more than some) people telling me how I should look or be if I want to be a ‘pop star’ & how they think it’s okay to say vile & (sexually) abusive s*** to me on a daily basis over the internet,” Ferreira writes.
She goes on to say that the internet has tried to portray her as something she isn’t and she’s getting tired of it. “I’m not a mess, I’m not a drug addict, I’m not a slut or a b***h,” she writes. “I recently blocked someone because they were constantly harassing me & making fun of sexual abuse that happened in my past…Which I’ve publicly spoken about to hopefully help others.”
All of the abuse online has led her to feel like she can’t really talk to her true fans, writing about one specific incident where a friend of hers yelled at a supposed fan, who then accused Ferreira of being homophobic. Something she says is “absolutely insane.”
“My friends,my family & a majority of my fans are homosexual,” she writes. “Sexuality, gender, race & age are irrelevant to me. As it should be for everyone by now. Treating people like s*** because you feel like s*** doesn’t help anyone.”
Ferreira knows that she is not the only person who is facing this kind of bullying online and hopes that her and her fans can stand together to try to eradicate some of this hateful cyber behavior.
“If you see hateful/disgusting/abusive comments,please start reporting it or deleting it,” she writes. “I think that’s the only way we can start to lower that sort of thing from happening. Use the internet as a way to connect with others & LEARN. Show & spread compassion.”
Read Ferreira’s entire note to fans here.