16 Sade tackles cyberbullying head-on
Former YO.TV presenter and actress opens up about being a victim of online harassment and how she dealt with it
I’VE BUILT A THICK SKIN
CYBERBULLING is a serious problem that most people are facing, especially the youth who are very active online. But it is often more rife in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community. In this day and age, some people tend to attack those who openly live their lives as gays and lesbians.
VICTIM OF CYBERBULLYING
Former YO.TV presenter and actress, Sade Giliberti, opens up about being a victim of cyberbullying and how she dealt with it.
“There have been odd moments over the past few years. I was constantly thinking what did I ever do wrong to that person that they can say such hateful things to me? There were times when I retaliated,” she says.
Sade says she has healed and now she just deletes the comments that don’t serve her. She is so comfortable and happy with who she is that she doesn’t need to be told otherwise by people who don’t know her.
“I’ve built a thick skin due to many reasons in my life – my career, my lifestyle and my mental health,” she explains.
She advises victims not to give bullies the satisfaction of seeing them suffer. “Other bullies have deep-seated issues that the only way they know how to deal with them is to retaliate and hate on others,” she says.
HER ROLE ON LGBTQ+
Sade has recently been featured in a LGBTQ+ short film, where she plays the role of a working woman, who is a lesbian and minds her own business. One day she gets a notification on her phone, on an image she posted on social media and it’s an immediate hate comment about her sexuality and lifestyle.
The short film is LGBTQ+ community focused because they needed to bring light that as much as cyberbullying affects everyone, it affects the LGBTQ+ community more. She says there is a need for LGBTQ+ short films as they carry good lessons.
“I think the hardest part for me about taking this role is knowing that the messages that you hear in the film are all real messages received by people within the LGBTQ+ community,” she explains.
“It saddened me to know that people are receiving this kind of hate on their social media platforms.”
Sade feels that society still needs to be educated about how hate speech contributes to the high rates of suicide and depression.
“People don’t realise that their words can be the last words that break the camel’s back. If you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all,” she shares.
She feels people tend to jump on bandwagons and put things that they don’t mean out there because at the time they thought it was funny.