We've not had much reason to weigh in on the Amanda Todd tragedy, but Amanda Palmer has.
The queen of the punk cabaret and impetus for the uke punk revolution has also stepped up with her comments on Todd and the issue of internet bullying with a post to her blog that is gaining momentum and going viral, providing a place for victims of online bullying to post their stories and share experiences. Along the way, it's become sort of a safe space for those same victims.
Palmer first found out about the Amanda Todd story while googling herself and reading internet items criticizing her. Along the way she read about Amanda Todd as well, and eloquently summed it up thusly:
i'm 36, a weathered, war-torn musician, heavily schooled in zen and compassion and love for all beings.
i have FANS. i have an ARMY of people i can go to for love and support, on and off line.
and still...internet hatred pointed in my direction can TEAR ME APART.
it did its work on me this past fall, while you all watched.
what the F**K must it be doing to teenagers who don't have the support network?
Palmer isn't the first celebrity to speak out against online bullying, but she may be the first to get so involved with her fans to fight it.
The full post, where you can share your story, get involved, and find a safe space, is located here.