Can Someone Defend Me From the Trolls, Please?

Oh, hey guys.

Who trolls the internet?

So, a few weeks ago I starred in (nobody was available but my short-haired intern) and edited a little tutorial video for a Chicago salon on how to achieve perfect Brigitte Bardot hair via blowdryer tricks. I love BB and the salon and stylist who did the blowout were both fantastic. I, however, am not comfortable on camera. My face naturally rests in a frown. I was born with a lot of weird angles.

So for the video I kind of half-smiled sometimes, rolled my eyes a few times at something someone was probably saying or something, and tried to just have a straight face the rest of the time. I honestly have no idea how models can feel comfortable and just, think of things to do while on camera.

When editing the footage, I kept finding that either my hair wasn’t perfectly shot or my face looked weird. The best hair shots were of me rolling my eyes, so I used them. It was shot for the salon, I had to show the most awesome hair shots.

The video was picked up by Refinery 29, a great shopping and fashion site. It was posted on their Facebook for 180k fans, blasted in their national e-newsletter to thousands of people and featured on the Chicago section’s front page for a good weekend. The vid was viewed like 8k times in two weeks! 

My head’s shining moment.

You’d think I’d be happy. I was!  Until I saw this:

Note the three Likes.

And this.


I get it. People I know always rag on me for not smiling (Sidebar: I don’t have to smile if I don’t want to smile). I’m not a smiley person, never have been. I inherited mad worrying genes. And I semi-expected this. But still! How embarrassing.

Also: superficial, something I shouldn’t worry about and inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. I know.

Obviously, I can’t fuel the flame by being all Troll-ey and angry back to these people. Should I e-stalk them and confront them on Facebook with threats like my friend Amanda did once a psycho kitty? Maybe  I could guilt trip them by posting a sob story about why I was sad that day? Or I could take the boring, high road (most likely, as my company and a client are kind of involved).

What do you think? Please leave a comment right here and suggest the best comeback. #Sourispeopletoo.

4 Comments on Can Someone Defend Me From the Trolls, Please?

  1. Cynthia S
    March 16, 2012 at 7:16 PM (7 years ago)

    #1 social media rule – don’t engage with the trolls.

    Don’t take it personal Claire. They’re just jealous 🙂

  2. Shereen
    March 16, 2012 at 7:30 PM (7 years ago)

    People love to hate on pretty girls. Just ignore them.

  3. Jane
    March 18, 2012 at 12:28 AM (7 years ago)

    “People order each other to smile because they feel uncomfortable around people who are not smiling, especially when those people are women (or are read as such). Women are expected to be nice and sweet, to make other people feel comfortable. A woman who says ‘hey, I think there’s a problem here’ is being ‘negative.’ A woman who doesn’t smile while she’s being harassed is ‘humourless.’ A woman who prefers to stay focused on tasks is a ‘cold bitch.’ Significant gendering is involved here; women have an obligation to look and act a certain way and when they don’t, they need to be hassled until they do.” – s.e. smith

    Don’t let the trolls get to you. I think you seem like a talented and witty person. The fact that we have to “smile” to be found attractive or liked by others is bullshit and a social construct that I think is more harmful than good. Just because some women don’t smile as much doesn’t mean that we don’t have positive intentions and feelings that can be hurt by harsh words and vitriol. I hope you overcome this lousy situation soon and continue to blog and share your thoughts.

  4. Abby Kate
    June 27, 2012 at 4:29 PM (7 years ago)

    I empathize. I was criticized in high school for always walking the halls with a scowl on my face, yet in my defense, it was just my natural expression. Get over it.


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