Cyber bullying can affect anyone — even celebrities. Rap superstar Snoop Dogg recently posted quite a mean picture to photo-sharing social network Instagram, making fun of Australian rap artist Iggy Azalea and essentially saying that she’s ugly.
Azalea then took to Twitter, calling Dogg an “ass,” and tweeting, “@SnoopDogg why would you post such a mean pic on insta when you send your body guards to ask me for pictures every time we are at shows together?”
Azalea then also tweeted, “My bodyguard stopped the fire truck that saved your friends life in canada when he almost burnt down the hotel. and every time I’ve ever spoken to you you’ve always been nice as hell, I’m disappointed you’d be such an ass for no reason.”
Snoop Dogg then responded with another Instagram, this time uploading a screenshot of the media covering their very public dispute. The headline read, “New Rap Beef: Iggy Azalea Fuming Mad Over Snoop Dogg Insta Slam (Instagram).”
Azalea eventually decided against continuing the senseless exchange, and deleted her tweets to Snoop Dogg. She then put it to bed, tweeting, “lol, i wish writers exaggerated the positive [things] going on in this world too. Im not “fuming mad” at anyone.”
Though it’s rare to see such a high-profile case of cyber bullying, the problem is all too common and pervasive. According to cyber bullying statistics from the i-SAFE foundation, more than half of adolescents and teens have been cyber bullied, and more than one in three have even been threatened online.
The reason the problem may seem uncommon is because it often goes unreported. More than half of young people who do get cyber bullied don’t say a word about it when it happens.
According to Delete Cyberbullying, a project designed to stop online harassment, victims of cyber bullying can do a few things to put the problem to bed. Firstly, they can ignore the name calling, as some cyber bullies thrive on their victims’ reactions. Denying them that may get them to stop. Secondly, they can record the incident, which will serve as evidence of the attack. Thirdly, they can reach out to an authority, who may be able to intervene on the victim’s behalf. Fourth, victims can also report the bullies for violating a website’s or service’s terms and conditions, which will then have them booted.
Though Azalea maybe shouldn’t have reacted as she did, victims of cyber bullying can learn from her story, and choose not to engage with those who are harassing them online.