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Alex Scott has revealed she has had death threats and racist abuse simply for appearing on TV’s Strictly Come Dancing.
“I had all of it – for being a woman on TV, for being a woman of colour on TV, that I’m ‘ticking a box’, death threats,” Scott told the Sunday Mirror. “But I’m still standing.”
Twitter messages saying she ‘deserves to die’ are, sadly, something women have to endure on social media simply for existing. If they happen to be living as a queer woman it’s even worse and if they are a woman of colour, well, then it’s just open season.
At the time the article was written for the Sunday Mirror, some of the tweets were still online. Had they contained copyrighted goals from the Premier League, however, no doubt they would have been removed within minutes and the accounts suspended, at the very least.
But racism and other forms of abuse aimed at minorities frequently go unpunished across all social platforms.
It’s a reflection of how seriously we take this matter as a society. As Paddy Power recently pointed out:
Thankfully, a number of the major Sunday paper’s gave this issue prominence this weekend:
The Mail on Sunday, however, gave it just a small piece which was still better than the left-wing Observer that didn’t cover it all.