Xpose presenter Cassie Stokes has revealed that cowardly trolls still hurl homophobic abuse at her online.
The Dubliner and her Canadian girlfriend Kathleen Gauvin have been together for more than two years, and she’s told how she regularly comes up against trolling on social media.
Cassie, who’s from Dundrum , told the Sunday Mirror: “A lot of it seems to have stopped now. But I only got one comment a week ago because I write what I like on my Instagram.
“I was wearing a little white thing and I wrote, ‘Here I am in my little lesbian outfit’ and someone commented and said, ‘You don’t have to keep saying you’re a lesbian. We don’t care, it’s not like straight people are going around saying they’re straight all the time’.”
The TV3 star hit back and insisted she won’t be silenced.
Cassie added: “I was like, ‘Well, you know it’s a little bit different’ but then I was like, ‘OK I’m sorry to disappoint it’s just that I’m gay and proud’.
“Afterwards about 10 people started writing back to that person. You know my Instagram is what I want to put up on it, if I want to say I’m a lesbian I can say that, it’s the truth.
“I have blonde hair – are you going to call me out on that? I can’t describe that as hate, but more of a negative comment.” The 31-year old said other celebrities have taken to calling out hateful comments online which is refreshing.
She added: “I mean you see it with Doireann Garrihy – she calls out a few negative comments and other people wonder, ‘Why would you give it the attention?’.
“But it’s more to show people this is what happens and this is what some people say because it’s so easy for people to be rude to you sometimes.
“Maybe by us being vocal people will rethink before posting and say, ‘Actually they are a good person maybe I won’t comment like this’.
“I write back and don’t respond to negative comments with
negativity, I try to be
“I get the odd selfie which is nice, you can’t help but smile when something like that happens.
“I guess it’s an enjoyable side to it, that people do recognise you.
“Some people say, ‘You’re doing so well in your job’. I say, ‘I’m doing just as well as everyone else’ – it’s just that mine is on TV so people see it, it’s not like there’s a camera in your office.”
If Xpose were to end in the morning the stunner said she would concentrate on her budding acting career.
She added: “I’d focus more on my writing and my improvisation.”
Source: Celebrity News Ireland