Oh man, there’s this post that’s floating around tumblr that sums it all up so beautifully, and I thought I had faved it, but I can’t find it.
In a nutshell, she’s a horrible person who doesn’t deserve an ounce of the fame and success she’s received.
If you’ve got time for the whole oak tree, well, gather ‘round.
She started off as a Harry Potter author, and was a BNF thanks to The Draco Trilogy. Now, I didn’t follow her work personally, since she was a tad before my time, but from what I understand, she was first caught “plagiarizing” various lines from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When readers called her out on it, she laughed it off and said that was her way of paying homage to her favorite show. Which, okay, understandable. I do that on the very rare occasion myself, but only when the scene leads into it and I can’t stop myself from using the line.
From then on, she turned it into a game. See how many lines you could find in each chapter and get mentioned in my next update sort of thing. I’m leaving my opinions out of this one, but you can probably guess what they are by my use of the word “rare” in the previous paragraph.
The proverbial shit hit the fan when someone realized that large chunks of C.C.’s work were nearly word for word copies of this one fantasy (sci-fi?) writer whose name or work I don’t remember off the top of my head. And when I say large chunks, I’m talking whole paragraphs that she just up and stole and put into her stories.
When people started calling her out on that, she turned to cyberbullying. To. The. EXTREME. She would attack you. She’d get her fanbase to attack you. She went as far as to find out your personal information and make your real life a living hell if you got on her bad side. She tried to get one chick expelled from her university. She was straight up cray-cray.
Time moved on and she landed herself a publishing deal. While her Mortal Instruments series isn’t The Draco Trilogy revamped, it does contain heavy chunks of her fanfic placed within where convenient.
Which, hey, that seems to be a bit of a trend with her.
But then, guess what? She never actually stopped cyberbullying. After her books were published, a few people tweeted C.C., one with a link to an article that called her out on her bullshit. Her reaction? To make herself the victim and allow her followers to bully the poor soul until they figured everything was their fault, apologized, and deleted their twitter account.
The cyberbullying accusations never stopped. Unfortunately, fandom is only just starting to get a voice as far as mass media is concerned. But they were getting loud enough for C.C. to grow nervous. She’s friends with a lawyer, and with their help, started to silence anyone who spoke out against her with threats of lawsuit and slander.
Slander…is that the right word? (EDIT: No, it’s libel)
Anyways, because of all that, a large chunk of us in fandom are tickled pink that her movie is failing so spectacularly. She’s achieved the ultimate dream of a lot of writers out there in fandom, and she did it through plagiarism, cyberbullying, and basically stomping on anyone who got in her way.
Here’s a few links (that contain more links within) that have solid sources, and can tell her story far more accurately than I just did.
As a person who had some pretty damaging words spoken to me through my youth, I’ve grown up with a real sense that making someone feel great, giving them encouragement, praise, positivity, well let’s just say it ‘love’: is far more satisfying than the antithesis.
“We need to click with compassion… Just imagine walking a mile in someone else’s headline.”
Monica Lewinsky’s courageous TED 2015 talk on being patient zero of public humiliation online, why shaming isn’t only an act of violence between individuals but a massively exploitive business model for the media industry, and what we can do, together, to stop it.
As Chris Anderson remarked when he introduced Lewinsky onstage, “Please don’t underestimate for one minute the courage it takes to give this talk.”
There have been many news reports of high school and college football coaches choosing to look the other way when one of their players misbehaves or even breaks the law.
However, high school coach Matt Labrum is the exception. He actually suspended his entire team on Sept. 20 because of bullying, academic and attitude problems (video below).
Labrum, who coaches at Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah, heard that members of his team were cyber-bullying a student.
In a moment of Tom Landry-like discipline, Labrum told his 80-player team to turn in their jerseys.
“It just felt like everything was going in a direction that we didn’t want our young men going. We felt like we needed to make a stand. We were looking at football as a right, rather than a privilege" Labrum told KSL.
Labrum also met with the bullied student, who was harassed by the players on Ask.fm, and apologized for his team, noted Deseret News.
One day after issuing the mass suspension, Labrum allowed the team to reform.
While that may sound like a contradiction, Labrum required the players to sign a contract to earn playing time.
The players have to attend counseling sessions and study hall sessions.
They must also to do two days of community service, which includes pulling weeds, cleaning school hallways, washing windows and visiting old folks in nursing homes.
“I think it’s going to bring our team closer. I think we’re going to be more accountable, not only for ourselves, but for our buddy next to us,” said Labrum.
Makeup: a way to self-express yourself and feel comfortable enhancing the skin that you are in—not for cosmetics company, Benefit.
The company’s UK branch tweetedfat-shaming tweetson July 6th, claiming that they were just having some fun. Sorry, but when did discrimination of someone’s body type become “fun"? I’m pretty sure that’s also known as bullying.
It took the company approximately two hours to release an apology tweet after many angry customers expressed how wrong it was of the company to do so.
Many customers threatened to boycott the brand (rightfully so!) and asked if Benefit would make some other jokes on current events, such as what is happening in Greece or if racism was trending would they jump on that and create offensive hashtags, the company had no comment.
Many customers, as well as UK beauty bloggers, have come up with the hashtag: #boycottbenefit.
The company’s “big mistake” has now cost them some of their sponsored bloggers, resulting in a decrease in new product promotion, as well as global customer.
Body shaming is disgusting, as everyone is beautiful regardless of what a scale says. It’s sad that a cosmetic company felt the need to publically humiliate their fan base in order to fit in with “the trends”. Try embracing your customers, at every shape and size. That never goes out of style.
About this blogger: Kristina Combs is a native New Yorker who has a passion for helping others. She received my B.A from Hunter College in May 2015 and will be attending Adelphi University School of Social Work in the fall. She started volunteering with NEDA’s Helpline in hopes to help support and empower individuals and their families who are affected by eating disorders and to let them know that they don’t have to go through this alone. When she’s not volunteering or focusing on my studies, she enjoys spending time with my friends and family and blogging.
Another STEM girl is 8th grader Trisha Prabhu from Naperville, Illinois. She is a finalist in this year’s Google Science Fair for her new mobile app, entitled “Rethink.” The Rethink app allows users to give a second thought to potentially harmful social media posts. It works as an add-on that automatically sends a notice to the author to rethink his or her post, giving the user the chance to change or delete postings that could be considered cyberbullying. Trisha’s inspiration stemmed from her own research, which indicated that teens “may not understand the potential consequences of their actions because the prefrontal cortex isn’t developed until age 25.” In trials of her app, Trisha found that 93 percent of users with the app retracted their posts, proving that a second chance to rethink their words was enough to stop cyberbullying actions altogether.
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