Corrie star Shobna Gulati quit Twitter over racist abuse – time for tougher laws?

It’s hard to believe that in 2012, racism is as alive and well as it ever was, and in fact, the anonymity of the internet has made that particular form of abuse more prevalent because it’s easier to access…

And according to today’s Sun, Coronation Street star Shobna Gulati has become a victim of racism online, and has had to close down her Twitter account after what can only be described as horrendous abuse.

The paper states, “Trolls mutilated photos of the actress and posted them online with sick comments.”

One Twitter user wrote, “You’re not British, you’re foreign.”

Another said, “You have got to be the ugliest f***** I’ve ever seen.”

And yet another chillingly stated, “I’ll always be here to bother you.”

Of the abuse, Shobna, who of course plays the role of Sunita Alahan, said, “Being racially abused on Twitter really shook me up. It felt like going back in time to the 1970s…

“It put me in mind of a psycho — like a horror movie.

“I just decided enough was enough. I tried to ignore it but it started to affect my confidence.

“Violent, vitriolic hatred gives people their moment in the spotlight. It beggars belief.”

Shobna also remarked that she empathized with TOWIE star Lauren Goodger who has been targeted by “bullying” messages about her weight.

Having read a tweet to Lauren which branded her, “a fat kebab-legged ogre,” Shobna said, “I know how she feels. It’s just bullying.”

Meanwhile, Michael Le Vell, who plays the role of Kevin Webster, remarked on the fact that several of Corrie’s cast members had closed down their Twitter accounts after trolls dogged them.

He said, “See a couple of the cast r coming off twitter 🙁 makes me wonder why! what do people say 2 People on here ? Sad that people rude.

“I just think it’s a shame that’s all 🙁 for me it’s I don’t know … Giving something back to the people who like the show.

“If u don’t like don’t follow simple. I’m not talking of people insulting me personally ! I don’t care water off a ducks back ! I’m talking racist rants 🙁 and other s££t ! Wrong.”

Do you think we need laws that carry more of a punch to punish these “haters” because as of right now, they seem to be pretty much immune in terms of answering for what they’re doing?

If someone spoke such words to Shobna in the street, she could quite justifably have them arrested for inciting racial hatred, but these cowards are hiding out under the cover of the ‘net, and therefore getting away with it.

Let us know your views please.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.

2 Comments

  1. jane on June 25, 2012 at 8:55 am

    Are these really mainly racist comments or just people showing their dislike of a (rather irritating) actress?

  2. nina on June 25, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Ive seen some of the tweets and its really nasty. There are both racist tweets and people saying how ugly she is. Stupid trolls

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