Sasha Attwood revealed Sunday that she received death threats every day during the Euro 2020 tournament. Sasha is dating Jack Grealish, a soccer star from England who was playing for England’s national team during the competition. The 25-year-old model said that she was targeted for her relationship with Grealish and received “200 death threats a day.”
Internet trolls reportedly used Instagram and TikTok to blast Sasha Attwood with demeaning and abusive comments. Some messages went as far as to wish Sasha ill-will or even death. “I hope you get cancer and die,” one person wrote to her. Another said, “I hope you die in a car crash.” Most of the death threats arrived during this summer’s soccer tournament, likely sparked by Jack Grealish’s popularity.
Sasha Attwood took a month-long break from social media in an attempt to escape the abuse. She uploaded a video on Sunday that outlined her experience with Internet trolls. She explained that people – especially young women and girls – used social media to spread hate against her and that some even messaged her directly on TikTok and Instagram.
They wanted to “plan her murder,” according to Sasha, who shared some of the messages with her fans. One person messaged her that “I’ve never hated a woman so much.” The hate and abuse was too much for Sasha Attwood to handle. She explained she had to take a break from social media and her thousands of followers because it was too much.
Sasha posted a new YouTube video on Sunday in which she describes the abuse she suffered. In it, she says that “things have obviously blown up over the Euros, but I never thought in a million years it would ever be this bad. It just kind of blows my mind how nasty people can be for no reason whatsoever.”
Sasha Attwood explained that “I’ve always been quite a strong person, I’ve always been very good at blocking out people’s opinions. But it’s on a whole other level. It’s just crazy. It’s the nasty messages about my appearance, people’s opinions. What are you all doing? It’s embarrassing.”
“You hear people talking about trolling, but I never realized how bad it actually was,” the model added. “The scary thing is, it’s young girls. I’d go on these girls’ accounts who have sent me stuff and they’re 13 or 14. It’s so sad. I try to put it down to age but then I think when I was that age I never sent a message like that.”
Sasha Attwood told her YouTube audience that “I think it’s so toxic, social media, and it’s really sad these generations have grown up thinking that it’s OK to say things like that. Why are you doing it? Please ask yourself why.”
She continued, saying that “if you’re one of those people who go out of your way to make a fake account or to send a horrible message, wishing someone was dead or talking about their appearance, or talking about their personal life, why, what are you getting out of it?”
The messages Sasha received were “horrible” and made her feel “so anxious.” She explained that “I didn’t ask for any of that, didn’t ask for anything to be put out there, but it’s out there, isn’t it, and I’m just going to continue to carry on as normal.”
Since her recent upload, fans have used the YouTube comment section to spread love and support rather than death threats and abuse. “Who cares who your boyfriend is, it doesn’t warrant hate,” one commenter wrote. “You, do you. You’re stunning, keep doing what you’re doing. Everyone else can do one, no one’s opinions matter, but yours and people who send death threats are just jealous of you.”
Another person wrote that Sasha Attwood is “stunning inside and out.” They said “I don’t how people can hate on people they don’t know. It really is embarrassing for them and shows their insecurity and more [about] them [than] it ever will [about] you.”
In response to the overwhelming support, Sasha responded in her own YouTube comment. “Thank you so much for all your kind comments,” she wrote on the platform. “It really means a lot.”
Her confessional has sparked some serious questions regarding the responsibility social media companies reserve when it comes to protecting users and creators. A spokesperson from Instagram told The Sun that “no one should have to experience abuse or harassment, and we don’t want it on Instagram.”
They continued, explaining that “we encourage people to turn on Hidden Words, a tool which means that no one has to see abuse in their comments or DMs. We also strongly recommend that people report behavior like this to the police, so we can support them in their investigations.”
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