A woman who was flamed off Twitter for expressing a perfectly reasonable opinion has launched a crowdfund to support legal action against the perpetrators.
Caroline Eastell, who posts as @LouLouFell on the social media platform, suffered vile abuse from the actress Tracy-Ann Oberman and other “celebrity” Twitter users, simply because she said she didn’t enjoy seeing Oberman in a TV drama.
Here’s what Caroline wrote:
“It’s a sin was doing so well then I saw Tracy Ann Oberman left a bad taste in my mouth … trying to quickly forget I’ve seen her.”
“Caroline do you think that YOU may be one of those intolerant bigots that Russell is talking about in #itsasin
“Seems you’ve missed the entire point of the series. You and the rest of this thread. Oh dear. @cst @UKLabour @LabourAgainstAS”
As I explained at the time: “The @ tags at the end of Oberman’s tweet are significant. She was tagging in the Community Security Trust and Labour Against Anti-Semitism – both highly vocal self-proclaimed crusaders against anti-Semitism (although both could equally well be described as witch-hunters against people targeted with false claims) along with the Labour Party, because ‘Caroline’ could be seen holding a Labour membership card in her profile picture.
“The implication is clear: Oberman wanted to brand ‘Caroline’ an anti-Semite and she wanted to bring Labour’s attention to it. In order to provoke disciplinary action, perhaps? Because this person had expressed an opinion about her appearance in a TV show. Overkill?”
Use of those tags seems to have worked, as attention was attracted to Caroline’s tweet and she suffered a humiliating and entirely undeserved dogpile. Eventually, Twitter suspended her account – even though she had done nothing wrong. Expressing an opinion about an actress does not justify a ban.
Some of the abuse she received might have been enough for those responsible to have been banned themselves, though – but they are “blue-tick” Twitter users and therefore seem to be above the rules.
Perhaps that is the reason Caroline has decided to take the matter to court. She has launched a crowdfunding page for this purpose and I would urge Vox Political readers to support her if possible. She writes:
As a consequence of being defamed on social media, I have decided to make a stand and instruct libel solicitors to take action against the abuse that I received.
But I can’t do it on my own, I need your financial support.
Those who attacked me are more powerful and continue to act with impunity.
So please stand with me, It is only when we stand together that we beat them.
Oberman threatened to sue This Writer for libel when I published an article pointing out the way she harassed a teenage girl with mental health problems, on Twitter. Eventually she left the legal action to her pal Rachel Riley, and I had to launch my own crowdfund. So far, it has raised – and spent – more than an eighth of a million pounds, and the court battle is still going on.
But I would not have been able to fight at all, without that support.
So I agree that it is only by standing together that ordinary people like Caroline and myself can have any hope of defeating the super-rich in a court system that pays more attention to money than to evidence.
Please support Caroline. Details of her page are below.
Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.
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