Twitter is one of my favourite places in the world, I’ve met some of my best friends there, Dan Levy the #BoyBestie, Jen Lui, Stephanie Fusco and Shannon Kelly to name a few a very few… I haven’t even listed Jon Crowley and he should never go unmentioned; right Jon?
But this week the Toronto Police announced that they had pressed charges against Gregory Alan Elliott for criminal harassment. Gregory, do you think he prefers Greg? Should I care? Anyway Gregory was a toxic presence in the Toronto social scene harassing women from all walks of life, for being women with opinions, with breasts, with faces – it didn’t really matter to Gregory.
It doesn’t hurt most that he was harassing friends, that he had in the past harassed me or that he was a menace to the twitter community… what hurt me most was that he was tarnishing a thing that I love, he created a black stain on the social media crew that lives and loves in Toronto and that PISSED me off. It still does.
I know that twitter isn’t made of hugs. I. Know. That. But, twitter has always been a place where I can feel safe; my friends are on twitter, twitter is where I’ve raised thousands of dollars for HSF, twitter is where I’ve gotten jobs, twitter is where I’ve shared my heartaches and heartbreaks, twitter has been a light in the dark whenever I needed it and I love it, a lot.
The Toronto community has always been there for me, I’ve been there for other people, the Toronto twitter family sings #loserkaraoke together, goes to events together and generally provides each other with support. I love twitter, I have since my first tweet.
Seeing people like Gregory harass my friends is beyond upsetting because I’ve come to know twitter as a place where I feel loved and accepted.
dislike fucking hate what Gregory has done to my happy place I refuse to let him control how I act on twitter, I refuse to let him control who I am or what I say.
Twitter is our space and as long as we stand up for ourselves, stand up for what we believe in and remain strong we will take the control away from people like this.
So tweet friends, tweet without fear of harassment because one bad apple doesn’t ruin the bunch and the rest of us have your back.