George North has revealed the extent of social media abuse aimed at Wales’ international rugby union players.
Captain Alun Wyn Jones came under fire on social media after England prop Joe Marler, who was subsequently banned for 10 weeks, grabbed Jones’ genitals during last Saturday’s Guinness Six Nations clash at Twickenham.
And Wales wing North, who has scored 40 tries for Wales during a glittering 95-cap career, has often been a target, even surrounding the concussion issues he has experienced during recent years.
“To be honest, that social media stuff, it’s a nightmare,” said North.
“It’s a great platform, to be so accessible to fans and vice versa, to sponsors and players alike. But the flipside is hard. Someone like Alun Wyn, he gives so much every day and people can just send him something that is not true because they have misread it.
“It wears down on you. He has got a young family and he doesn’t need that when he goes home.
“No one in their right mind would ever say it to his face. I don’t understand why he is getting the abuse he is if I am brutally honest.
“If you look at the situation he was put in (at Twickenham), I thought he dealt with it extremely well.
“It is easy enough when you are on a keyboard to say what you want. If they were to come into the environment, see the preparation we are doing, the lengths we go to – not just physically, but mentally – I would hope they would think differently about what they say and do.
“You put yourself in the shop window, you expect to have some of it, but when it is unjust or without any real knowledge or information behind it, it does drain hard.”
North has praised the Welsh Rugby Union’s work in helping them deal with social media negatives. He added: “The union are looking after the boys in a great way and try to turn a negative situation into a positive and have a laugh and a joke about it.
“They (trolls) only see that game on a Saturday where they think they could have done better if they hadn’t blown their knee out when they were 12, they would have played for Wales, obviously.”
North failed a head injury assessment during Wales’ defeat against France three weeks ago.
It was the latest such episode to affect him during his career, although it was his first head-related matter since 2016.
“Even walking around the supermarket, I get told I should retire,” he said.
“People comment without ever seeing me, treating me, knowing my symptoms, my history. People pluck the ones from 2015 and 2016 like it was yesterday, and the story goes round again.
“I take care of myself, I go to see a specialist and keep an eye on what I am doing. The general consensus with concussion is that we are in a much better place, but you put the social media fire in there and it goes through the roof.
“Weirdly (being on the pitch) it is the happiest place. There are no distractions, you are just doing your job. That is where you were playing when you were six or seven years old.
“Sometimes, I do think I will just can it (social media) and become a nomad.
“I have logged out a few times, for like a week or two weeks, and I have actually really enjoyed it. It has been quite nice not to know what is going on, not to be told you are rubbish.
“The majority of people are really good. They interact, they want to know what you are doing, they want to know positivity.”
Weekly survey: How has your media consumption changed in the time of COVID-19? – q107.com
It’s eerie out there. Streets are emptier than 2 a.m. on Christmas morning. Businesses are closed. And how many times can you take the dog out for a walk before she says starts hiding when the leash comes out?
Now imagine if all this were happening in 2005. No social media. Blockbuster would be closed. No Netflix. Almost no one knew about podcasting. In other words, it could be worse.
There have been plenty of stories about how media consumption is changing. Are you listening to more radio? Perhaps for local news on the virus situation in your area. Maybe you need some musical escapism. Maybe you’re investigating more music on a streaming service like Spotify. Or watching more Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, Disney+, or YouTube. Or perhaps you’re passing the time by listening to more podcasts.
I realize that your answer might be “none of the above,” in which case you’re excused from this survey. But for everyone else, I’m curious about how you perceive any changes in your media consumption habits recently.
And if you think of it, please retweet. Let’s get as much data as we can, okay?
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Covid-19 celebs: Hayley Wickenheiser puts out social media call for PPE in return for a signed jersey and 'good karma' – National Post
Hockey legend Hayley Wickenheiser has put a call out for masks and other critical medical personal protective equipment for health workers combatting the coronavirus crisis and the public has responded.
On Sunday night, Wickenheiser posted on Twitter, asking her followers to donate any spare equipment they have to the crisis, after receiving “desperate pleas from my frontline friends in Toronto.”
The Olympic gold medallist, who is also an aspiring emergency room physician, asked for 68 boxes of N95 masks, 135 boxes of surgical masks, 135 boxes of gloves and 1,350 chemo gowns.
“I don’t have much to offer in return, maybe a signed jersey, a smile and guaranteed good karma,” she wrote.
The public response was instantaneous.
Within less than an hour of her tweet, a camp director in Markham replied, saying he had 33 boxes of unexpired N95 masks available to send. Another user from Waterloo offered her community’s service to sew specs for chemo gowns, if able to “identify the correct textile.”
Others posted links to facebook groups and suggestions on resources to tap for equipment, i.e., dentists offices, schools etc.
One Canadian celebrity even offered to send personalized videos and Deadpool bobbleheads in exchange for more equipment.
“People who help Hayley get this critical PPE gear will get something awesome from me,” tweeted Ryan Reynolds. “I’ll send you personalized videos. I’ll sign whatever you want. I’ll send Deadpool Bobbleheads and/or movie memorabilia.”
” I’ll even raise your children as if they were my own – which trust me, you do NOT want. Any help will be rewarded generously,” he added.
Both Wickenheiser and Reynolds have been active voices in the Canadian fight against the pandemic. In the past weeks Wickenheiser successfully lobbied for the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and has been vocal on the anxiety athletes face when having to train under the threat of a global disease.
Last week, Reynolds joined a slew of other celebrities posting videos urging fans to stay home. He also paid a surprise virtual visit to children at SickKids hospital and talked to his young fans about the costumes he wore in Deadpool and his favourite food.
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