Following the Brangelina divorce announcement, hateful spammers are filling Marion Cotillard's Instagram with snake emojis and comments calling her a bitch, a homewrecker, and a slut. It needs to stop.
Why are they harassing her?
In case you somehow missed it, Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences.
According to one rumor surrounding their divorce, Pitt engaged in an affair with Cotillard during the filming of "Allied." A source told Page Six that Angelina Jolie grew suspicious and ultimately learned about the co-stars' relationship by hiring a private eye.
This particular rumor is not confirmed, and TMZ reported that the reasons for the divorce revolve solely around the couple's six children.
Online bullying needs to stop
Aside from the fact that the rumor could be entirely fabricated, absolutely no one deserves harassment on social media. The fact that people are going out of their way to leave threatening, misogynistic, and vile comments on Cotillard's Instagram account is, quite frankly, scary.
Yes, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie seemed like the perfect Hollywood couple, and yes, people are upset at their idea of true love crashing and burning in front of their eyes. There are many healthy ways to express sadness, but online bullying isn't one of them.
If you scroll through the comments on Cotillard's Instagram pictures, you'll end up seeing a lot of obscenities and name calling.
Some are comparing Cotillard's looks with Jolie's, trying to pit the two women against each other. The slut shaming is rampant in the comments on her latest post, and the onslaught of snake emojis is starting to creep into posts from over two months ago.
Others are actually going so far as to tell Cotillard to kill herself. Seriously? It's tough to see how anyone could think that a statement like that is OK.
A pattern in celebrity affair rumors
Unfortunately, this is far from the first time that fans of a celebrity relationship have harassed a third party on social media following affair rumors. Perhaps most notably, Beyoncé fans attacked fashion designer Rachel Roy after the singer released "Lemonade."
The storyline behind "Lemonade" seemed to hint that Jay-Z cheated, and people were quick to point fingers at Roy as a potential mistress. The comments left on her Instagram account were completely disgusting. Beyoncé is fantastic, but bullying is not.
Recent changes to Instagram commenting
Instagram has recently made an effort to reduce the amount of bullying and spam in the comment sections.Thanks to the recently implemented filtering system, Instagram users can choose to hide any comments that include inappropriate words or phrases. They are also able to define their own custom keywords to be hidden. Instagram hopes that this tool will allow users to feel safer on their platform.
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