Former Green Bay Packers cheerleader Kaitlyn Collins didn’t do anything to deserve the relentless taunting and bullying she received at the hands of countless commenters on the Chicago Bears Facebook fan page. But after all, bullies don’t need a reason to be ugly.
The page, which has over 86,000 likes, ran a photo of Collins with the caption: “Like If You Agree The Packers Have The Worst Cheerleaders In The NFL!” The post alone implies there is something wrong with Collins as a cheerleader, but it was nothing compared to the abuse she had to endure. The Packers-Bears rivalry is arguably the most intense in all of the NFL, so things got nasty in a hurry.
Collins decided to stand up to her bullies and posted the following video, calling attention to the fan page, but also calling out many of her attackers by name.
“Doesn’t get any uglier. Truly and eyesore,” one commenter wrote.
“LMAO fugly,” another posted.
“I’d still f**k her, but only from behind on with a paper bag over her head,” a particularly disgusting Facebook user wrote.
To be fair, Collins also expressed gratitude to some Chicago Bears fans who came to her defense.
“That video, a silent spool of signs, is well worth watching. ‘Cyberbullying’ may seem like a media concoction or an overreaction, but to the people who have suffered the words of others, it’s real and it’s painful to the point of real damage,” the Yahoo! Sports blog Shutdown Corner correctly notes.
Eventually the Bears fan page removed the post and asked users to “respect one another and do not bully on this page.” This is, of course, after the page itself implied that Collins represented the “worst cheerleaders in the NFL.”
“We did not see all the posts to take down the Cheerleader pic until today,” the page’s administrators wrote on Thursday. “We get hundreds of messages per day and are not always on here. The issue has been resolved. Please respect one another and do not bully on this page.”
In case you are wondering, the Green Bay Packers haven’t had official cheerleaders since 1988 due mostly to “fan indifference.” Instead, the team allows cheerleaders from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and St. Nortbert College to appear at home games. Collins was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay during the time she cheered for the Packers.
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Full disclosure: This author is a diehard Green Bay Packers fan.