By Hollie Bone
A stunner told she should DIE by online trolls forced their ringleader to apologise after delivering a brutal clapback.
Rebecca Lee, 32, was horrified when one of her 43,000 Instagram followers revealed her selfie was being shared on a Reddit page exposing
Instagram users for editing their pictures – attracting comments such as ‘kill it with fire’.
But the online influencer, from Sydney, Australia, took matters into her own hands by creating a brand new Reddit account just so she could call out the bully.
Amazingly, blogger Rebecca was stunned when the female troll responded with a heartfelt apology explaining she had deleted the post and would be ‘re-evaluating her actions’
Rebecca said: “I’m a strong person, I have been through a lot in my life, but imagine if I wasn’t.
“Imagine if I was some vulnerable girl who hated herself and she saw that someone had done that.
“Online trolls can be really nasty but if you actually sat down in a room with these people they wouldn’t dare say a thing to you.”
In a direct response to the elusive ‘Stephanie’ who had posted her photo in the same thread, Rebecca wrote: “You have taken a stranger’s photo, my photo, without thinking I would find out about it.
“You are a real piece of work – I wonder if your friends, family and employer know that you’re this type of person?”
Within an hour, Rebecca’s confrontational warning had struck a chord with Stephanie, as she immediately started apologising.
She wrote back: “I apologise for hurting you, I have removed the post.
“Please understand that my intent was not to make fun of you, and I am truly sorry for hurting you.”
Determined Rebecca said she was surprised to receive an apology, and even felt sorry for the troll – who she believes must have been struggling in her own life to resort to lashing out at someone else.
This was not her first rodeo with bullies as, having previously dropped from 18 stone to a healthy size 12, she said her weight loss journey taught her to ignore negativity.
Rebecca said: “I have been bullied throughout my whole life by all different types of people.
“I used to get upset but I’m strong now and it’s just like water off a duck’s back.
“When I first saw it I was annoyed but then I thought, whoever she is she must be really sad.
“I was surprised the troll responded and apologised.
“I feel like she was sincere in what she said but she also must have freaked out a little bit and realised that I could quite easily find her on the internet and do the same thing to her.
“I wouldn’t do that, but it just goes to show how easy it is.
“I hope I’ve made people stop and think about their actions.
“There’s always people watching, the internet is like your digital footprint.
“I’m always pumping out good vibes on my social media.
“There’s so much bad in the world, we don’t need more we don’t need more bitterness and hostility.”
REBECCA’S RESPONSE IN FULL:
This is Rebecca Lee. the person who’s photo you’ve decided to take a screenshot of and post on Reddit, a public forum to try and publicly humiliate.
You Stephanie have opened up a discussion about me, which has allowed many to post nasty comments. You Stephanie, have taken a strangers photo, my photo, without thinking I would find out about it. You Stephanie are a real piece of work – I wonder if your friends, family and employer know that you’re this type of person?
I’m unsure if you’re aware, but this is a malicious and nasty act that speaks a lot about your character and if you had read some of the articles on my website you’d know I do not tolerate.
This link along with your social media account has been sent to me by one of my followers, a stranger on the internet just like you, with a very apologetic message attached saying “I’m so sorry to be the one to tell you this, but you’re photo’s been placed on reddit”
Stephanie, I want you to know that I have all of your social media accounts and this link, I know exactly who you are, so by the click of a button I too could blast your face on the internet for approximately 50,000 people to see worldwide across three very interactive platforms – the people over on my Facebook would have an absolute field day with you.
To be honest, I don’t even feel mad about this, I just feel sad that a woman would bring another woman down for the sake of some cheap entertainment and a laugh, you have a lot of growing up to do girl.
Good chat Stephanie.
Hi Rebecca, this is the only message I will send you. I apologise for hurting you, I have removed the post. Please understand that my intent was not to make fun of you, and I am truly sorry for hurting you.
The only point of that subreddit is to post edited images people come across on social media, and I stated in my comments under others’ comments that you are gorgeous and don’t need to edit your photos.
For what it’s worth, I do think you are a natural beauty and I’m of the belief that women should not feel pressured to photoshop/airbrush their photos. You are stunning and you don’t need photoshop to do that.
Again, I am sorry. The post is gone from reddit and your message has made me re-evaluate my actions.