Girls need to know they can love sports: Channel Seven reporter hits trolls after being targeted for liking an Instagram post by AFL star Nat Fyfe
- Sports reporter Abbey Way responded to a photo praising AFL star Nat Fyfe
- One fan said she clearly “wanted” Fyfe before calling her derogatory names
- Ms. Way said it is important that women can support their favorite players
A Channel Seven sports reporter has told online trolls to ‘grow up’ after making sexist comments when she showed her support for AFL star Nat Fyfe.
Earlier this month, Abbey Way, 29, commented on Seven’s AFL Instagram page and complimented the Brownlow medalist by adding a crown emoji.
Despite the limited interaction, the Fremantle supporter was quickly attacked by despicable trolls.
“Lady wants a Fyfe,” said one man before tagging several other friends.
Abbey Way commented on a post on Seven’s AFL account praising Brownlow medalist Nat Fyfe for his amazing career before being bullied by sexist fans
After one of his comments appeared to be removed, the same troll lashed out at the journalist again, describing her as a “bitty,” a derogatory term for an obnoxious woman.
“This bitty removed my comment,” he added, “she got a blue check mark and she tried to censor me.”
Ms. Way added a crown emoji to the post, but was soon attacked by trolls who said she ‘wanted’ the star
Ms. Way was fed up with the behavior and took to her own Instagram page to voice the sexist comments.
“I usually leave this behind, but I don’t want to worry about it today,” she said.
“Lady” is a sports journal with the network that made this post AND a Freo supporter. To grow up.’
Ms. Way has since been praised for standing up for herself online and told Daily telegram the behavior had to be evoked.
“Unfortunately you get used to it and I will rarely say anything to be completely honest because you have to choose your fight,” she said.
“But if it has to be insulting, I like to stand up for myself.
“Girls of all ages need to know that you can love sports and admire athletes for their athleticism, and that’s it.”
Ms. Way said that sexist behavior should be evoked. Depicted is Fremantle Dockers star and two-time Brownlow medalist Nat Fyfe