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Even More Scathing Accusations Come Out Against ‘Glee’ Star Lea Michele

“She’s a very unpleasant person.”

If you’ve had access to an internet connection in the past week, chances are that you’ve heard about the growing list of complaints against actress and singer Lea Michele.

The former ‘Glee’ star was confronted with a wave of accusations of racism and general nasty behaviour from ex cast-mates, and it appears that despite her underwhelming apology, those accusations will not be slowing down anytime soon.

Cringe. Credit: 20th Television

Trans singer and model Plastic Martyr has taken to social media to share her story with Lea Michele, and well… it’s as upsetting as you’re probably assuming.

Plastic Martyr wrote on Instagram that her interaction with Michele was in a bathroom at an Emmy’s awards night. According to the singer and model, Michele chastised her for being in the women’s bathroom, leaving Martyr feeling “self-conscious and embarrassed”.

Martyr recalled that as she reached for the soap to wash her hands, she said “excuse me” to Michele. Reportedly, Michele turned and said “Excuse me?! Excuse me?? Excuse you… you realise you’re in the women’s bathroom”.

In her post on the exchange, Martyr wrote that she wasn’t hoping to kick off more hate or “cancel someone’s career” but rather, highlight the kinds of experiences trans people contend with:

“It’s to hopefully open people’s eyes up to the horrible transphobia that exists but no one really talks about. The press doesn’t cover transgender stories or trans people, our experiences often go ignored. Trans people aren’t the enemy, and we aren’t the punchline to your jokes. Since the rest of the world tries to silence us it’s our job to use our voices and share our stories and experiences. Hopefully one day soon people will start to understand and respect trans people instead of villainizing or mocking us.”

According to Page Six, Michele is taking all this criticism on board and is vowing to do better. It’s reported that a friend of Michele’s told The Post that this has been a “wake-up call”.

“Lea was a bitch to a lot of people who are now taking the opportunity to come forward,” a source told the publication.

“She may not be the nicest person, but she’s not racist, sexist or transphobic. I would say she has behavioural issues that she’s dealing with. She is listening, she hears what everyone says and wants to apologize. This is her past and she wants to handle things responsibly.”

That, or she’s desperately trying to mend her public image. Either way, this kind of behaviour can’t continue.

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Billie Eilish Talks About The Impact Online Bullying Had On Her Mental Health

“It still feels bad to be hated on, no matter what you try to tell yourself.”

Warning: The following piece deals with content that might be triggering for some.

Being a famous person in the digital age must be a tricky thing.

Social media means that with a few clicks, or taps of the finger, almost anyone is reachable at all times. And while certain (weak) protections are in place, the Internet can be an angry place; full of senseless trolls with loud opinions.

As we’ve seen too many times, online bullying (any bullying) is a violent, dangerous form of abuse that can have dire consequences. And in a recent interview with GQ Magazine, Billie Eilish spoke about how the impact of online trolls almost cost her life a few years ago.

Billie Eilish poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2020 in London. (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

When asked about her experience of online bullying Eilish told GQ:

“Oh, God. It’s unbelievable…”

“I almost killed myself because of Twitter a couple of years ago. Like, for real.”

The 18-year-old musician shared that after an onslaught of negativity on the social media platform, she found herself “drowning” in hate. Thankfully, however, help from family and friends along with years of mental health support means Eilish is now in a much better place.

That doesn’t mean that the vitriol has stopped, though:

“Even if I try to avoid it, which I do now, I end up seeing it, because those fans, who are actually defending me, repost and respond to the original criticism in their feed,” Billie Eilish said.

“I can’t win. I tried turning comments off on Instagram, but, you know, I feel equally as bad doing that; I can’t shut myself off completely. Instagram puts comments by those you follow, my friends, at the top of your post, but if you go one comment too far, my whole world is destroyed. I try so hard not to read the hate…”

“The thing I realised recently is this: when you get to a certain level of fame or notoriety, it doesn’t matter what you say or do, you are a certain level of known. You will be super hated. And super loved.”

And no, it doesn’t get easier with time and increased popularity:

“It still feels bad to be hated on, no matter what you try to tell yourself.”

What’s abundantly clear, and has been for some time now, is that mental health struggles do not discriminate. People of all levels of success experience the pain that online bullying can impart. So, think before you post, yeah?

If you or someone you know needs support, help is available. Call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Billie Eilish Proves She's The Teen Idol We Deserve With Anti 'All Lives Matter' Post

"Will you shut the f**k up?"

It’s rare that we come across a teenage celebrity who takes the incredible influence they have and uses it for good.

Growing up, I don’t think I knew of any teen idols who spoke about anything other than fashion choices and their favourite Lip Smacker flavour.

Billie Eilish, however, is the real deal. At 18 years old, Eilish has already made powerful statements on issues like body image and racial injustice.

Billie Eilish: the teen idol we deserve. Credit: NBC

Today, the musician slammed anyone who dares quote the (rubbish) phrase “All Lives Matter” in a lengthy, and fiery post.

Taking to Instagram, Eilish’s statement spoke about how she had been hoping to take some time to properly consider her words on the tragic murder of George Floyd.

“But holy f*king sh*t, I’m just gonna start talking,” she wrote.

“If I hear one more white person say ‘aLL liVeS maTtEr’ one more f**king time I’m gonna lose my fking mind. Will you shut the f**k up?”

Up was spelt with 19 ‘u’s for added drama. The ‘Bad Guy’ singer went on to stress that advocating for Black lives does not take away from the value of yours. And she did not mince words along the way.

“All you mfs do is find a way to make everything about yourself. This is not about you,” she wrote.

She then went on to explain that white privilege does not mean you can’t struggle. But what Eilish’s statement made clear is that privilege does mean you walk through life without having to wear the weight of systematic racism (and the disadvantage, pain, danger, risk to your life that comes with that).

You can read the post in full here.

Now, I know we’re living through some dark times at the moment. But seeing young folks with giant platforms, like Billie Eilish, step up when it’s needed sure does spark a little hope for the future.

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