- Miranda Devine
- From:Sunday Herald Sun
- May 13, 2012 12:00AM
SINGER DELTA GOODREM HAS COPPED A SOCIAL NETWORK BACKLASH SINCE APPEARING ON CHANNEL 9'S THE VOICE.SUPPLIED
HATING Delta Goodrem has become an entertaining schtick for twisted people since The Voice became a runaway ratings sensation.
Channel 9's publicity machine has had its work cut out trying to protect the 27-year-old The Voice judge from an outpouring of bile on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and assorted internet hate sites.
There are vicious, jealous comments about the singer's looks, her voice, her manner, even the way she tosses her hair or holds her hands.
She has been called up-herself, "bitch", diva, spoilt princess, "contrived", "patronising", "an expensive piece of tinsel".
Even her name has been attacked: "She sounds like a f---ing airline."
And those were the gentler comments.
Her cancer experience is even fodder for the haters.
"She needs to stop this f*n bullsh*t feel sorry for me, i got sick. Yeah i get sick, sick & tired hearing her bullsh*t on TV. Ure in love with yourself all about u isn't it?" went one illiterate rant.
There is much worse, including people wanting to "crack her f*in' skull in with a baseball bat" and even death threats.
One of the nastier offerings is a YouTube video titled Delta Goodrem Gets On My Nerves, from a sweet-faced teenage boy sitting on a bed under posters of Britney Spears.
"Delta is the most irritating, the most frustrating, the most annoying person on television. I cannot stand her. The reason? She's a f*ing judgmental b*tch."
He hates her "little hand gestures ... every time I see her I want to strangle her. I want to break her kneecaps and throw acid in her face".
Why does Goodrem attract such abuse? She has done nothing wrong.
Normal people watching The Voice would see a vibrant, talented, beautiful young woman holding her own as a judge against three of the best in the business, all men, older and more experienced.
Seal, 49, Joel Madden, 33, and Keith Urban, 44, seem more self-assured and knowledgeable, but Goodrem is learning fast.
In a careful piece of image management this week, Nine had her sit for an interview with stablemate Woman's Day to answer the critics: "I'm doing the best I can," she says.
"I've gone through worse and you just have to keep kind of rising above and keep your dignity and grace.
"But the abuse hurts. I am human. I think people have to remember that."
Nikki Webster, Kylie Minogue, Susie Moroney and Nicole Kidman suffered similar abuse, but were lucky enough to start their careers before the advent of Facebook and Twitter made everything much worse.
The anonymity of the web and the explosion of self-expression have allowed unhappy, jealous people to indulge the worst of human nature.
It has a corrosive effect on society.
But the best way of beating the haters is to shower Delta Goodrem with compliments and write tweets and posts of support for her work on The Voice.
Overwhelm the hatred with love.
Edited by deltadoesnthate, 13 May 2012 - 01:53 AM.