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The Trolling Sun And Bullying Ulrika Johnson Call Stan Collymore A ‘Vile Hypocrite’ Over Twitter Abuse – Oh, The Irony

by | 23rd, January 2014

Ulrika Jonsson, pictured in her car near her Cookham Dean home the morning after she was attacked by boyfriend Stan Collymore in a Paris bar Date: 09/06/1998

 

THE Sun’s columnist Ulrika Johnson was once punched in the face by her then lover Stan Collymore. The footballer-turned radio DJ has been complaining of being abused and threatened by his fellow tweeters. He invited all tweeters and his half a million followers to tell the police about any abuse by anyone with a Twitter “hate profile”.

Collymore wanted the State to clamp down on internet offensiveness.

He said:

“In the last 24 hours I’ve been threatened with murder several times, demeaned on my race, and many of these accounts are still active. Why? I accuse Twitter directly of not doing enough to combat racist/homophobic /sexist hate messages, all of which are illegal in the UK.”

He’s now deleted his account.

At which point, we turn to Steven Berkoff:

 “There’s a lot of talk about people being abused on Twitter, women being savagely insulted and degraded. I think, why get into that in the first place? If I jump into a garbage bin, I can’t complain that I’ve got rubbish all over me.”

His approach is not to become a police nark but to expect a certain amount of abuse and then ignore it.

Emma Barnett disagrees:

For a whole generation, of which I am very much a part, we don’t believe that our actions online matter. We think it’s fiction. Slowly it’s changing. But typing something you wouldn’t say out loud to someone under your name on the internet is real.

Isabella Sorely has been in court for sending abusive tweets to Criado-Perez. She told her 75 followers:

“You’re in the public eye, you’re on Twitter then you should expect some sort of abuse. People take it all the time, why are you different?!”

In recent days, three Spurs fans have been arrested for calling themselves Yids. We wrote about the nonsense of that here . When the State turns what you say into a matter of right and wrong, your thoughts are being policed. Get a load of this advert on the London Underground:

 

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As Brendan O’Neill puts it:

Nope, I don’t judge them any differently – they’re both pigs.

What you think is now a police matter.

Stanley Cohen wrote about this sort of thing in his 1972 book, Folk Devils and Moral Panics . “Cohen said that once a folk devil has been fingered as a source of social and moral rot, it isn’t long before the experts are out in force to pontificate about this new deviant sickness at the heart of society and to suggest some social remedies for it, normally some variant of the ‘control culture’, as Cohen called it. ‘Socially accredited experts pronounce their diagnoses and solutions’, he said. And then, he said, the ‘moral barricades’ that is, the allegedly flimsy barrier between these devilish deviants and the decent society they long to pollute come to be ‘manned by editors, bishops, politicians and other right-thinking people’.”

So. To Collymore, who has been on the receiving end of racist abuse.

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We hear from sometime Sun columnist Ulrika:

STAN Collymore has been branded a “vile hypocrite” by ex Ulrika Jonsson for his campaign against Twitter trolls. The former England ace, 43, beat up the TV beauty in 1998 but has complained about online death threats and abuse.

Ulrika, 46 — who was kicked in the head — said: “If he’s so against death threats, why did he say he’d ‘f****** kill’ me? It’s a disgrace.”

Maybe he knows that was wrong. Maybe he’s changed for the better? Maybe two wrongs so not make a right? Maybe the Sun doesn’t like Collymore, the player whose dogging it exposed. Maybe the Sun is the troll?

Ulrika says:

“It must be horrendous to be vilified for your beliefs, your colour or your sexuality. In no way do I agree with trolling or abuse on Twitter.  The people that do it are pathetic cowards. But Stan is too. He is actually one of the people he’s criticising…  If Stan is so against death threats, why was he so insistent on making many death threats against me?  In a public place, Stan shoved my face to his and said at least twice he would ‘f****** kill’ me. But now he’s the poster boy against threats online. No one should give this man a platform to claim he is a victim. With his history of violence, it’s beyond ironic.”

 

The Auld Alliance pub in Paris where Stan Collymore allegedly punched his girlfriend Ulrika Jonsson.

 

She then adds:

“In no way am I trying to belittle the message he is putting across.”

Which is why you’re calling him a “hypocrite” and “poster boy”? Is this akin to the “bullying” Ulrika hates, raking over a man’s life on the

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