LEE WESTWOOD BITES BACK AT TWITTER TROLLS – There appears to be an ever growing trend of people engaging in vile snipes at TV, Sports and Film personalities through Twitter or indeed a number of the other social networks.
This activity is known as ‘trolling’; it’s where very sad individuals attempt to bait someone into an argument or whereby they simply fire off a torrent of abuse at their victim.
Recently social media trolls have had more than a little payback; Profession Mary Beard was one who not only fought back but also uncovers the troll’s identity which ousted the nasty little devil.
This week it’s Lee Westwood who finally snapped and yet whilst the mainstream media have taken to admonishing Lee over his retort, I feel Lee has done a great service to those suffering from trolls in that is goes to show you don’t have to put up with their abuse.
If you are not a fan of golf then you may only have heard of Lee Westwood in passing; but let me enlighten you. Lee Westwood is one of England’s greatest golfers of all time.
He’s won no end of tournaments and his wealth is a reflection of just how professional he is at the game.
For me I love the game of golf; playing off an 8 handicap I can certainly swing an iron but I’m nowhere near the brilliance of Lee Westwood. I think it takes a player to understand a player’s ability and trust me, it may look easy on TV but getting that little ball from Tee to Hole is not only difficult it changes with each and every stroke you take.
In the final round of the US PGA Championship in Oak Hill, New York over the weekend Lee didn’t perform that well; he openly admits that.
Unfortunately golf is a fickle mistress and there are times you can swing a golf club without error and there are those times where nothing you do seems to produce the results.
That’s life on the golf course but despite Lee having a bad game, that still doesn’t detract from the fact that he is an exceptionally talented individual.
I don’t know Lee Westwood, I’ve never met him and it’s unlikely I ever will but whenever Lee is interviewed he always comes across as being a level headed chap and someone who’s a rather nice person.
Soon after the tournament Lee Westwood was heavily critised on Twitter over his performance and the criticism soon turned to abuse from the trolls and it was at this point that Lee Westwood decided to fight back…. Good on you Lee!
You can see from the Twitter extracts that Lee didn’t hold back and neither should he. Was he wrong? Well that really depends on your point of view but for me I’m more than happy to see Lee stand up for himself and give back what he was taking.
I think it was also very nice of long term friend Ian Poulter to also give him support and even offer to help out. This clearly shows a change in attitude in that you should just take it on the chin; grin and bear it if you like but that’s not the way to deal with trolls.
The trouble with trolls, especially when they hit on the ‘personalities’ of this world they expect that they won’t fight back; generally because it’s perceived as ‘bad press’ but quite frankly Lee is a shining example of how to deal with these morons.
I always thought Lee was a nice chap but he’s just gone right up in my estimation and I for one would like to congratulate him for having the spine to stand up and fight back. Lee shouldn’t have to take this type of abuse from anyone; let alone some overweight, spotty turd living in a darkened room with only a keyboard as his or her best friend.
Well done Lee, hope you get back in the groove soon with your golf game.
Do you think people should take a firm stance against internet trolls? Do you think Lee Westwood was right in his approach? Please leave your comments below.