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"Disgusting" "Ugly" "Fat": These 5 Celebrities Get Bullied the Most on Social Media

Over six million tweets were analyzed since the #MeToo movement started. 

Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer were the two most insulted celebrities on Twitter, followed by Anderson Cooper, Kevin Durant, and Ben Affleck, who received the greatest number of comments that used words such as “awful,” “disgusting,” and “ugly,” reports a new study by Twiends.

As the #MeToo movement continues to dominate the media, a group of researchers combed through 6 million tweets to reveal the abuse women and men can experience when they live in the spotlight.

Overall, they found that female celebrities endure over 30 percent more insulting tweets than men. Two percent of tweets directed toward female celebrities included terms or phrases like “atrocious,” “overrated,” and “kill yourself,” compared to 1.6 percent for men.

Lena and Amy were the two most insulted celebrities on Twitter, being called both “ugly” and “fat” and researchers found (obviously) that the anonymity of the Internet emboldens people to say things they might otherwise never say in person.

Hollywood actresses aren’t the only ones experiencing social media harassment. Following Lena, Amy, Durant, Affleck, and Anderson, British pop star Lily Allen, and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling (who hasn’t been shy about her political opinions of late) each ranked among the most insulted figures analyzed.

Many of the attacks on Twitter were geared toward a celebrity’s career or performance, and some crossed the line into more dangerous territory—sexual harassment. Terms like “slut,” “skank,” and “whore,” were identified the most as words famous personalities received the most sexist tweets. After a search on those words, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears, Ariel Winter, and Amy Schumer faced the worst and most attacks.

Leonardo DiCaprio, and Ryan Seacrest were hit most with being “rude.”
Despite the onslaught of negativity, sexual harassment, and insults – plenty of people utilize Twitter to praise and love on their favorite celebs. Harry Styles was the most complimented celebrity on the web, with more than one in five tweets directed toward or mentioning Styles included terms like “charming,” “fantastic,” and “perfect.”

Margot Robbie, Aziz Ansari, and Blake Lively also were the most complimented celebrities on Twitter, with more than one in 10 comments bestowing them with kind words and flattering remarks. Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman and Simone Biles additionally received high praise, mostly for speaking up against sexual assault in the past few months.

Breaking down the language in the study was as follows:

A tweet was counted as an insult if it contained one or more of the following words or phrases: “hate,” “f*** you,” “worst,” “awful,” “you suck,” “idiot,” “ugly,” “stupid,” “jerk,” “a**hole,” “gross,” “nasty,” “moron,” “kill yourself,” “dumb,” “rude,” “fat,” “nasty,” “overrated,” “fake,” “whiny,” “disgusting,” “bad,” “atrocious,” “loser,” and/or “has-been.”

A tweet was counted as a sexist insult if it contained one or more of the following words: “slut,” “whore,” “bimbo,” “bitch,” and/or “skank.” Tweets including “shaming,” “shame,” or “shamed” were excluded.

A tweet was counted as a compliment if it contained one or more of the following words or phrases: “beautiful,” “gorgeous,” “kind,” “nice,” “best,” “smart,” “brilliant,” “lovely,” “stunning,” “angel,” “unique,” “gracious,” “charming,” “amazing,” “creative,” “talented,” “clever,” “fantastic,” “you rock,” “handsome,” “I love you,” “wonderful,” “flawless,” and/or “perfect.”

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