Mix102.3 breakfast host Jodie Oddy was moved to tears when she came across a video by author Constance Hall, detailing the depth of the bullying she has received online.
In the video, which has been viewed more than 7 million times on Facebook, Constance talks about her decision to go on the new season of Dancing With The Stars, the extreme abuse she has received and the devastating effect it has had on her.
Comments she has received just since announcing she would be on the reality show include telling Constance she should commit suicide and that they would be looking forward to seeing a death notice in the paper about her.
But in an inspiring response, Constance has told her followers she will use those comments to inspire her efforts in the upcoming TV series and calls on people to stand up to online bullying.
“Children of Australia need to know that we have their backs because if children are reading (abusive) comments like that we’re telling them it’s OK to treat people like that,” Constance said.
“If you witness someone being bullied, if you are reading these comments, you need to stand up for what is right.
“So rather than pulling out of Dancing with the Stars when I felt the anxiety and panic that I get when I read all of this, I decided nah f*** it I am going to dance.
“I might come last… or I might f***ing win the show but what I am dancing for is every single one of you. Every single young person who has to go to school every day or has to catch that train or go to work where you’re bullied or treated unkindly.
“I’m going to dance for you and I want you to know it’s not OK.
“Just be f***ing kind people.”
Jodie called it a “beautiful video” and that the words written about her were “truly awful”.
“To all of those people that write those hideous things, really have a good hard look at yourself and your life. What truly, truly hurtful things to say about another human being,” Jodie said.
“Social media is a cesspool of hate.
“Do you know who is writing that stuff? It’s adults, these are parents of other children and then we wonder why our kids are going to school and bullying other children.”