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Amanda Palmer speaks out for Amanda Todd, takes on internet hatred

By January 9, 2013

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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.



January 9, 2013 at 11:43 am
(1) Philip Rose says:

Ha! The Amanda Todd bandwagon has maybe its last gasp. If Amanda Palmer was the real hipster dude she thinks she is, all this would have been already obvious to her. But my guess? Slip ‘Amanda Todd’ into a headline to get more attention – except she’s about 3 months too late. And if she’d bothered to do the research, she should have known that Ms Todd was an attention-seeking liar and that most of the story is fake.
On a serious note – bullying is too great a thing for her to deal with by blogging about it. She needs to get her act together and decide how to deal with the comments – some of the kids need help, and she should point them in the right direction.

January 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm
(2) indeciSEAN says:

Well, Philip Rose’s waded into the waters with an opinion. I guess we’re all set, now. Phew!

January 10, 2013 at 6:43 am
(3) Philip Rose says:

Well, it looks like there will only be two commenters. But basically, trying to jump on the Amanda Todd bandwagon now is way too late – it’s gone and past. Nobody’s interested. And – omg – there is bullying going on! Wow, I never knew that!

January 10, 2013 at 12:23 pm
(4) La Punisher says:

Hmmm…Philip Rose, Looks to me you have the personality of a dead dog… God help you

January 11, 2013 at 8:14 am
(5) Shemp9971 says:

(Sarcasm) Okay children. Enough with all of this nonsense. I can see we have too much time on our hands. As for bullying, yes it is a serious issue, but too often you have a bunch of opportunists from every angle exploiting it for their own purposes such as news anchor Jennifer Livingston from WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin who basically wanted her fifteen minutes of fame.

January 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm
(6) rolf says:

Amanda Palmer is exploiting a teenage girls death to further he own disgusting narcissistic ends. Amanda Palmer had no “off” switch, she will literally do anything for attention whether that means dressing up as a handicapped person, dancing around in muff wigs are sleazeing around in a bathtub for Flaming Lips. This article is not about Amanda Todd, this is Amanda Palmer EXPLOITING Amanda Todd, just as she exploits her friend with cancer.

Amanda Todd did not spend 24 hours a day sexting and writing on her body to get negative attention as Palmer does. AMANDA PALMER’S IRRESPONSIBLE SEXTING, taking naked pictures of herself dead and making a spectacle of herself is a terrible and horrendous example for kids. This is why kids are getting in trouble!!! Kids NEED borders, they need rules, they need positive attention.

Amanda Palmer is the problem. She has turned the Internet into a slime pit and she should just go and get therapy for her borderline personality disorder.

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