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I know we have all (myself included) comments about Kirsten's acting or the character of Maxie as a whole, but to come at her body and make negative comments about her appearance (or any other actor/actress) is where I do not cross the line. It's sad she had to post this because of the a$$holes in the world.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Be52DTDBROo/?hl=en&taken-by=kirstenstorms

or this link... https://ibb.co/n3g2GH

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I don't recall anyone on this forum making derogatory remarks about KS' personal appearance. There was a period of time about a year ago when there was some concern about her health because she looked frail, very thin, and ill. And it was around that time that she took a leave of absence from GH for health issues . I don't think anybody here was being an asshole about it. But the reality is that when you are an actor, you place yourself in a position where people are going to both praise and critique your performance and your appearance. This has been especially true since the advent of social media. Anyone entering the public arena needs to be able to have a thick skin and deal with it.

To make it clear I was not talking about anyone in the forum. These comments she is referring to are made by the general public who watch the show and trolls on Instagram & Twitter.

Well, look. The Internet tends to encourage people to act like assholes because they have the benefit of anonymity. When people are anonymous, they don't care how others perceive their behavior. But when people are aware that they are being watched, they tend to behave better because they don't want to look bad in front of others.

There is an analogy I like to make to illustrate this point. Can you imagine if you were in a shopping mall, and suddenly you see a guy standing there who just whips it out and urinates on the floor? Do you think it is likely you will ever see that? I don't. Why don't people do that? They don't do it because of a fear of looking bad and being judged by the people around them. The fact that there is a general disapproval of this kind of behavior tends to discourage people from engaging in behavior in public which is too extreme, people don't want to be judged, so they censor themselves. No matter how badly you may need to urinate, you are not going to just whip it out in the middle of a shopping mall, if for no other reason than because if someone saw you do it, you would feel embarrassed or ashamed of what you had done.

On the other hand, you take away that social disapproval, and all bets are off. If you've ever been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans then you know what I mean, people really do just whip it out and urinate on the street right in front of you, or they may even drop trou and defecate in the middle of the street in full view of 1,500 people. Sometimes, you can even see couples, both of them completely naked, having sex in the middle of the street, again, in full view of thousands of people. With no shame at all. If you've ever been there, then you know I am not exaggerating,

Why is the behavior at Mardi Gras different than the behavior at a shopping mall? Because at a shopping mall, there are people who are likely to disapprove of such behavior and express their disapproval vocally. At Mardi Gras, no one cares. Sure, some people there may disapprove, but no one is going to say anything, and everyone else is doing it, so why not join in? And hell, many of the people at Mardi Gras are wearing masks, so they have full anonymity, and most of them are from out of town, so they don't have to care about the cleanup, that's a problem for the locals.

The Internet is like Mardi Gras, people tend to be awful because they can be, and they do it with anonymity. The only way to combat this kind of behavior is to make the Internet into a place like a shopping mall, where people behave themselves because of a fear of public disapproval. This will probably require giving up anonymity.

The link isn’t working but I assume it is about Kirsten confirming she isn’t pregnant. A lot of people on Facebook are jumping to that conclusion because the actress looks chubbier. So much for people only being insulting within the anonymity of the internet!

@Youcanmakeabettermovie said:

So much for people only being insulting within the anonymity of the internet!

I'll give you one thing: you have a gift for constructing straw men.

Try this link....

https://ibb.co/n3g2GH

@Youcanmakeabettermovie said:

The link isn’t working but I assume it is about Kirsten confirming she isn’t pregnant. A lot of people on Facebook are jumping to that conclusion because the actress looks chubbier. So much for people only being insulting within the anonymity of the internet!

Agreed, I've seen many nasty comments made via FB sign-in. Anonymity has nothing to do with it now.

How exactly is it insulting to think a woman might be pregnant because of weight gain? I've made that mistake a few times myself, and I certainly didn't mean to be insulting. I've learned to never ask a woman if she is pregnant and just wait for her to tell me if she is. But many people make an innocent mistake when they ask someone if she is pregnant when she isn't. Why do people have to be so over-sensitive?

I said I thought she looked pregnant and was just waiting on the announcement. It's true I'd never say it in real life, but I also didn't mean it to be an insult. I still can't wrap my brain around those who seeking out people on SM just to be mean or demand more information than they want to share. I'm certainly not a saint, but I'll never understand that.

I don't know why she felt the need to hold her stomach in on that photo. She would look much more healthier taking the pic naturally. It makes her tummy looks like it needs something in it.

If you wouldn’t say something to a person on the street, don’t say it to someone online. It’s still rude. And I don’t do rude. <

So she's mad because she's fooling fans onscreen pretending she's pregnant and it's working? Obviously, they're not seeing her in person and thinking this, judging from the photo.

She should just post random pics here and there that will automatically show she's not. There's no need to address anything at all whatsoever.

It's like she milks this stuff for absolutely no reason.

Was there an actual point to this thread?

@cosmoeticadotcom said:

Was there an actual point to this thread?

Maybe we should get Daniel Radcliffe to start tweeting, "I'm not Harry Potter, people!" ;)

@kathykato said:

How exactly is it insulting to think a woman might be pregnant because of weight gain?

Speaking of which...you are looking kind of fat. Are you pregnant?

@autoexec.batman said:

The Internet is like Mardi Gras

Bullshit. I just spent the last 1/2 hour throwing beads at my computer and no one's dropped her top.

@cosmoeticadotcom said:

Was there an actual point to this thread?

That Kristen Storms has mannish wrists.

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