The internet can be a fantastic thing.
After all, it enables Clash readers to log on everyday and discover new music - as good, bad and indifferent as their reactions may be, the immediacy of the form makes it perfect for this task.
Sadly, though, there is a dark side to the internet. Facebook stalkers, YouTube trolls and Twitter nightmares can all contribute to making the web a very dark place.
A topic which has obviously resonated with Sky Ferreira, as the American artist posted a lengthy missive on internet abuse online this morning (March 4th).
Ending with a plea for compassion, it's clearly a heartfelt message written by someone who found herself in the public gaze at a young age.
Check it out below (via Facebook).
I'm exhausted of (more than some) people telling me how I should look or be if I want to be a "pop star" & how they think it's okay to say vile & (sexually) abusive shit to me on a daily basis over the internet. I'm not only writing about myself...because almost every person has to deal with this. It's a shame because I now feel like I can't connect or directly speak with true fans. I'm not a mess,I'm not a drug addict, I'm not a slut or a bitch. I recently blocked someone because they were constantly harassing me & making fun of sexual abuse that happened in my past...Which I've publicly spoken about to hopefully help others. They came to one of my shows & my friend confronted the person.We were accused of being homophobic after. Which is absolutely insane because my friends,my family & a majority of my fans are homosexual. Sexuality,gender,race,& age are irrelevant to me. As it should be for everyone by now. Treating people like shit because you feel like shit doesn't help anyone. If you see hateful/disgusting/abusive comments,please start reporting it or deleting it. I think that's the only way we can start to lower that sort of thing from happening. Use the internet as a way to connect with others & LEARN. Show & spread compassion. <33333
P.S. Sorry for the typos