Sunrise's Nat Barr left in tears over vile online attacks: 'Really dangerous'
Sunrise host Natalie Barr has opened up about some of the vile online abuse she has faced, with one particular segment on the program forcing her to block a host of people.
Speaking during a panel at the Australian Women's Weekly 'Women of the Future Awards' on Wednesday the TV presenter and journalist admitted she has previously been left in tears after severe online trolling.
"The comments are [like] the gutter… you kind of want to have a look, but it's really, really dangerous," she said, touching on some of the backlash she faced after taking the Sunrise co-hosting role after Samantha Armytage left the show.
Though it was a more recent segment on the breakfast program about dealing with anti-vax rhetoric at Christmas, that saw Nat says forced her to block more than 100 people.
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"I've got screenshots of people saying 'die b—ch, die' all the usual stuff," she said.
"I've had pictures sent to me that say 'this b—ch needs to die, how are we going to do it?'"
Both Natalie Barr and Edwina Bartholomew recently opened up about the reality of dealing with online trolls, emphasising that it's important for them to “block out the hate”.
“I think the easiest thing is to block them and not get sucked in,” Nat told New Idea.
Meanwhile, Eddy’s opinion on receiving hate and criticism on social media has changed since she became a mum to her daughter, Molly, in 2019.
“I used to weigh into it a lot more and fixate on it, but it can be really bad for your mental health,” she explained.
“I take the same approach as Nat now and I tend to block, occasionally I engage if I think it’s informative… But I don’t go further down that rabbit hole because it’s a fruitless waste of time.”
Mental health support for yourself or a loved one can be found by calling Lifeline on 13 11 14, Mensline on 1300 789 978, or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. Online support is available via Beyond Blue.
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