Abby Tomlinson, the Labour activist credited with creating the hashtag cult #Milifandom during the general election campaign, is being mercilessly trolled on Twitter apparently just for having an opinion.
In recent days, Abby has declared her preference in the Labour Party leadership race prompting especially cruel comments from people on social media.
Many of these comments make reference to Abby’s age, with people apparently not being able to cope with a 17-year-old with a political viewpoint.
ON THE BLOG
There truly are some rather strange individuals on social media pic.twitter.com/PlR7jMlnI9— Abby Tomlinson (@twcuddleston) August 1, 2015
On Monday, Abby appeared on Sky News to talk about the leadership election with a fellow young activist and a pollster, prompting some vitriolic responses on social media...
Since when did the political opinion of little girls matter enough to air on the news? Did I miss a meeting?— Nonjob (@nonjob1) August 3, 2015
Those defending Abby received absurd retorts.
And people were very quick to dismiss her.
No idea why Abby Tomlinson gets so much coverage. She started a hashtag. All for youth involvement (obviously) but get people who merit it.— Elliot Cornish (@ElliotJCornish) August 3, 2015
Abby Tomlinson was evidently savaged with a clichéomiter but soldiered on regardless with her "can't we all be nice" nature. #CommentIsFree— Kyle W. Orton (@KyleWOrton) August 3, 2015
Others were just mean.
But many people did come to her defence, supporting her right to a viewpoint.
The amount of hate Abby Tomlinson gets for being interested in politics is disgusting. Her age doesn't discredit her opinion WHATSOEVER— Chloe (@chlxeelizabeth) August 3, 2015
@Holbornlolz I'm a conservative but tbh she does make a good point and one's age is completely irrelevant.— Aidan Tinsley (@Aidan_Tinsley) August 3, 2015
Read Abby’s latest HuffPost UK blog here.