Twitter Rallies To Support ‘Outlander’ Sam Heughan After Being Abused, Harassed And Bullied For 6 Years
Most people probably know Sam Heughan from his breakout role on the show Outlander. He has been portraying Jamie Fraser since 2014. Now he is opening up about how he has been the victim of harassment, online abuse and stalking for the past 6 years. His fans were quick to show support for the actor and are ashamed that people can stoop so low.
Sam Heughan Posted A Lengthy Tweet Detailing The Extent Of His Bullying
The actor decided that it was finally time to speak out about the “personal slurs, shaming, abuse, death threats, stalking, sharing of private information and vile, false narrative,” that he has been experiencing. He said that all of this has been affecting his mental state. But it doesn’t stop there, because his costars and family have also been experiencing this as well. They even receive death threats. He cannot mention his bullies by name because of legal reasons. However, he said that they are “professionals: teachers, psychologists, adults who should know better.” It sounds like they are people who are old enough to understand that their actions are extremely uncalled for.
Some of the claims being made against Heughan are that he tries to extort fans for money. Some people are also accusing him of being a closet homosexual and that he has not been following directions during the coronavirus pandemic. He is self-isolating in Hawaii but does not pose a risk to those around him and has been following protocol. Heughan is nervous to fly back to the UK and potentially expose himself to the virus. It sounds like he is doing the right thing by staying in Hawaii where he knows he is safe.
Twitter Started A Hashtag To Support Heughan
People are outraged that someone like Heughan is receiving this kind of abuse and bullying. Those who have met him have called him “caring and compassionate.” They started the hashtag #WeStandWithSam. It is gaining a ton of momentum and people are supporting him.
One Twitter user said “Can you imagine what the world would be like if instead of tearing people down for no reason, we put the same thought and passion into building people up, healthcare, being kind and making sure people have food? #WeStandWithSam.” He is absolutely right. There are bigger issues going on in the world right now and people should be focused on that instead of tearing Heughan down.
Another fan that has personally met Heughan said that he is “an amazing human being.” She also mentioned that he is a humanitarian. Not only has he started his own charity, but he has raised millions of dollars for cancer awareness and education programs.
Another tweet said “Celebrities, Humanitarians, people the world watches are not human punching bags for others to unleash their hate on in the form of lies….#WeStandWithSam.” This could not be more true. Just because they are in the public eye does not mean they should be subject to this kind of abuse. Nobody deserves it and they are humans with feelings at the end of the day.
He Is No Longer Going To Entertain These Bullies
“I will not entertain it anymore and am blocking anyone that writes anything defamatory or abusive,” he wrote. “Sending items or stalking my private accommodation, they have harassed my work colleagues and constantly tried to hack our email and personal accounts. I’m so hurt by this.” This is absolutely horrible to go through especially when it is unwarranted.
He finished off the post by saying that he is trying to do all that he can during this time to help the world. “As an actor in these times, we feel impotent. We can’t do much but I have tried to use what leverage I have to provide a voice to charities that need it and hopefully a little entertainment or light relief. For those still unhappy I suggest you unfollow,” he wrote. “To every fan that has supported me and the work I do, THANK YOU. I’m so grateful, from the bottom of my heart.” We hope people can come together during this time instead of trying to tear others down. It is completely uncalled for and people should show support in times like these.