Seven-year-old Lexi Rabe won fans’ hearts with, “I Love You 3,000.” This is how her character Morgan and her father Tony Stark expressed their love for each other. But while most people thought she was adorable, not everyone was feeling the same way about the little actress.
A fan was offended
According to Deadline, Rabe‘s trouble began when a fan approached her and her family at a mall in Los Angeles. When he did not have the opportunity to speak with her, he became angry, so he took his complaint to social media.
His attack on the little girl was not the first she suffered, as Rabe‘s mother Jessica decided she had had enough. She posted an appeal on Instagram, asking for bullies to back off.
The post features a video from a little star who talks about her being just a child to her parents. Her mother added a caption, explaining her feelings about the situation:
“Yet again Lexi’s getting bullied. And this kind of thing makes it celebrities never want to leave the house never want to meet people. Please keep your opinions to yourself, so Lexi can grow up in the free world. She’s a normal human being, and she’s a child.”
It is overwhelming to see at other young stars’ experiences on social media, clearly, Rabe isn’t the only target of online abuse.
Other famous kids who have been attacked
Anonymous online “trolls” are famous for being cruel. Adults understand that this is part of online life, especially if you are famous, children are more vulnerable to their cruelty. Many young stars have deleted their social media accounts to stay away from abuse.
One such actress, Millie Bobby Brown, became famous for her role in the Netflix hit Stranger Things. Brown was only 12 when the series started, but that didn’t stop people from attacking her. People made cruel memes, labelled her pictures with homophobic slurs. They went too far as to create the hashtag #TakeDownMillieBobbyBrown.
She had to delete her Twitter account for a while so she could escape bullying.
Some of the other actresses who have endured this kind of cyberbullying as children include: Ariel Winter, Emma Watson and Selena Gomez. And while Rabe‘s experience of being targeted at age 7 seems like the most extreme example, it’s not even the youngest child going through this.
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Death threats for a newborn
When singer Adele gave birth to her son in 2012, the reaction of most people was joyful congratulations. But for others, it was just an opportunity to be mean. According to Yahoo, Adele‘s Twitter was inundated with life-threatening threats directed at her newborn. It was so bad she left Twitter for a while.
Hopefully, online communities will be less tolerant of bullying behaviour, no matter whoever it is. Especially for children, it is unacceptable for strangers to be cruel. As Rabe says in her video, “Please don’t hurt my family. Or me.”