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Internet trolls: It's time to leave Kylie Jenner (and everyone else) alone


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You’re feeling good? Confident? Take a selfie right now. Go ahead, post it on your social networking sites. Caption it with your plans for the day, or maybe some lyrics. Then wait. Wait for hundreds of thousands of people to comment insulting and cruel things as well as allegations. Wait for memes to be made and trolls to get under your skin.

Not really feeling it, are you? Good, because nobody should suffer that. That includes Kylie Jenner, for which it is a regular occurrence. At seventeen she is the youngest of the Jenner/Kardashian sisters.

Thrown into the limelight by her family, she appeared on hit E! show Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s when she was just six years old. Like it or not, her family are famous. Whether it’s because you enjoy keeping up with the Kardashians – which let me tell you is harder than it looks - or not, that doesn’t change the fact. It also doesn’t give you a right to troll her online.

Just like a typical teen, Kylie posts selfies regularly on social networking platform Instagram, and recently all attention seems to have gone to the size of her lips. Looking through her feed there is evident progression of the size over several months. However, is this merely a result of makeup application techniques, clever editing, smart angling or cosmetic surgery? Either way, what does it matter? Furthermore, why should you care?

Scrolling through the comments on the @kylizzle account, people casually type "so the surgery thing is true lol" to "bitch admit you had surgery" and "you’re so fake it hurts", posted within seconds of each other. Photos posted weeks ago have comments posted an hour ago; it’s as though people are obsessed.

Logging on to Twitter, the first suggestion of searching her name in the bar brings up ‘Kylie Jenner lip evolution.’ Following the link people have gone to the effort of creating collages and, with an assumed attempt of wit, edited photos of her lips taking over the world. Apparently it makes people "wanna pee :’)" but also others "be sick" because she’s "ugly af".

But what part of a teenage girl’s appearance is worthy of such strong reactions? She isn’t naked. She isn’t flaunting herself or being controversial. She isn’t being disrespectful. She isn’t slating anybody else.

There’s no denying the evident pressure on our generation to look good; it’s commented on every day in the media. Many of us strive to look like the celebrities in our popular culture, and imagine living in it. Kylie’s siblings have all modelled, and are constantly surrounded by paparazzi hoping to snap her photo. If she was caught on a no makeup, tracksuit bottoms and a sweat top, greasy hair up like a pineapple day, she’d be splashed on the tabloids and still a victim.

Instead she applies lipstick – or maybe she's had surgery, which is her body, her choice - and uploads a photo to her own personal accounts, then somehow becomes subject to abuse. Either way she can’t win against the internet trolls. In my opinion, it’s just a trap that needs to be left behind.

On the first day of the Je Suis Charlie campaign, people were hard at work fighting for general rights and justice. Others were moving their taunts to Kylie’s breasts as she posted a new photo showing a cleavage. Like, wow, she’s a female and has female body parts. Are more important things not happening in the world?

Kylie Jenner is a seventeen-year-old in the limelight just posting a few selfies. If she has or hasn’t had surgery or does or doesn’t use a magic lipstick, it's is her choice because it’s her life. It doesn’t matter who she is or where she comes from, she’s still human and can still read comments that people sat at home send often without even thinking.

Put yourself in her shoes for a moment. The money, fame and lifestyle do not act as a shield against emotions. You also aren’t aware of the effects it may be having on Kylie Jenner. Life online has added extra strain as we’re surrounded by desirable images, and statistics show that now an overwhelming 85% of the world’s population now suffer from low self esteem.

So be nice to each other, trade the negative jibes for a compliment, and keep negativity to yourself. Maybe it’ll get that number down.

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