The most magnanimous way to deal with internet hate you’ve ever seen. This post contains abusive language.
So. Last year, TV historian Mary Beard went on The Jeremy Vine Show on Radio 2, to talk about the abuse she'd received online.
And the irony is, she got sent some really nasty, sexist tweets as a result.
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Like this one.
As we've been reminded this week, prominent women on social media have to deal with this rubbish a lot.
He turned out to be a 20-year-old from a wealthy family, who'd gone to public school and was a student at Nottingham.
He immediately apologised and deleted his account – Mary deleted the retweet, but not before half of Twitter had, not without good reason, given him hell. His story got covered everywhere, so every time you Googled his name, people saw what he'd done. Lesson learned.
But what's awesome is what happened next.
Which is this: Mary Beard, OBE, blogger, and presenter of the best programme about Ancient Rome there has ever been, took the guy out for lunch.
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