When an Australian broadcaster got his hands on a photograph that showed a female soccer player in a rather revealing position, the newscaster promptly shared it with all viewers. The image, showed the sports star, with her legs in the air as she kicked the ball – but it also revealed her in a position that was not meant to be shared. The lewd Australian broadcast service has since deleted the image from their social channels and apologize for “sending the wrong message” after they shamed the female sports star.
However, 21-year-old Tayla Harris, the soccer player featured in the inappropriate image, quickly defended herself and shot back at the sexist broadcaster. She plays forward for the Australian Rules Football Carlton Blues. She tweeted the image herself and then spoke about how the broadcasters and their cronies were “animals” for sharing it far and wide.
She tweeted, “Here’s a pic of me at work. Think about this before your derogatory comments, animals.”
The image was snapped during a match between her soccer club and the Western Bulldogs on Sunday. She tweeted her views after the Australian television network 7AFL removed the image following the “reprehensible” comments that were posted.
The station has since apologized to Harris and to all working women everywhere.
“We’re sorry,” 7AFL tweeted a few hours after Harris exposed them. “Removing the photo sent the wrong message. Many of the comments made on the post were reprehensible & we’ll work harder to ban trolls from our pages. Our intention was to highlight Tayla Harris’s incredible athleticism & we’ll continue to celebrate women’s footy.”
Because the comments were getting so bad, the station removed the image of Harris rather than stop people from posting horrible content. The image was originally posted to show Harris’s “power, athleticism, and skills.”
But the internet trolls seized on the image and shared “inappropriate and offensive” comments referring to the position she was in as she kicked the ball. The comments were very horrible and sparked backlash online.
Everyone had to agree that the “photo was not the problem,” but nevertheless the station deleted it rather than deal with the difficult people who were posting sexists and lewd comments about it.
“These images should be promoted to the young girls coming through, to inspire and motivate them,” one person wrote in defense of the picture. “Block the trolls, don’t let their immaturity or hatred be a detriment to the real footballs out there.”
Other people agreed that the news channel needed to moderate the post and not just delete the image that sparked viewer’s immaturity.
“You did nothing but give in to the idiots and then hide an athlete that has done nothing but pursue and hone her talents,” another person wrote. “Put that image back up, moderate the comments, and then block and report those who don’t deserve the time nor voice.”
What do you think is the best way for people to deal with internet trolls? Does it make more sense to moderate the comments on this post or delete the photo altogether?