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Twitter ‘troll’ apologises to boxer on live TV… and he shouldn’t have

by | 18th, March 2013

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REMEMBER when people knew what the word ‘troll’ meant? Those were glorious days and trolling was an artform, where people could peevishly derail arguments with bizarre logic and playing Devil’s advocate. However, like the dickhead in the schoolyard who has learned a new word, the media are now applying ‘troll’ to people who act like arseholes.

See, when someone just shouts abusively at someone or starts a campaign against a dead person on Facebook, they’re not trolling, they’re being either stupid for reaction or plain nasty. Trolling, by and large, is winding people up.

And lately, people have been applauding the bizarre actions of Curtis Woodhouse, the boxer who got some stick from a on Twitter and decided that it’d be good to a) Put a bounty on an idiot’s head b) Obtain the address of the idiot c) Drive 60 miles to knock on the door of the idiot to ‘give them the fright of their life’.

Yet, the press applauded this behaviour which, if a non-famous person did it, it’d be shrieked at like it was weird and a little troubling.

Today, this story took another twist as the ‘troll’ appeared on live television to say sorry and offer a number of sentiments which shouldn’t have been proffered.

James O’Brien, the ‘troll’ in question, appeared on ITV’s Daybreak and said: “Sorry Curtis,” as well as saying: “I was silly and childish. Looking back on it, I realise I had done the wrong thing. I can only offer my deepest apologies to anyone I have abused on Twitter. I’ve let everyone down – friends, family – and I do really feel embarrassed.”

Deepest apologies? Letting family and friends down? Jesus wept. It would’ve been better if he’d said “I was just taking the piss. Seriously. When did everyone get so bloody mard?” Then, Woodhouse would’ve heard that voice in his head that said ‘I should probably just block this nincompoop’.

Either way, there was a

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