Today Show: Green Bay Packer’s Cheerleader Fights Cyber Bullying
Kaitlyn Collins has had enough and she is standing up to cyber bullying, The former Green Bay Packers cheerleader was ridiculed on a Chicago Bears Facebook fan page after someone took her photo and posted it on the page saying Collins was an ugly cheerleader and the Green Bay Packers had the ugliest cheerleaders in the NFL.
Although many of the comments were too vulgar to be aired on the Today Show, Collins told the hosts many of the comments on the page made fun of how she looked and how some of her fellow cheerleaders on the team looked as well.
Fed up with the mean comments, Collins said she, her family and her friends contacted Facebook and the Chicago Bears Facebook fan page but were told by Facebook they were not going to take the page down because it did not meet the community qualifications to be taken down.
“It really hurt,” said Collins. “For someone to go online and type those kinds of things on my picture, it was very hurtful.”
Today Show: Cyber Bullying YouTube Video
Collins wasn’t going to let the abuse continue without letting her voice be known as well though, so she posted a video to YouTube where she wrote many of the nasty comments, including the names of the people who left the comments, on a large piece of paper and slowly showed everyone watching the video what these people called her.
She said she wasn’t trying to shame the people whose comments she showed in her video, she was simply putting their comments and names out there. They told her she had put herself out there, so she did the same thing to the people who had put themselves out there. She even wore the Bears colors when she was making the video.
Over 850,000 views later, Collins said she was surprised it attracted so much attention. She couldn’t believe the support she was getting, especially from a number of Bears fans. Eventually the fan page apologized to Collins and removed the post.