Wanna Thompson, the Toronto writer who received a scorching clapback from Nicki Minaj via Twitter for remarks on the femcee icon’s music and age, has admittedly been having a rough time since her run-in with the forcefully staunch Barbs Army.
After losing her position at Karen Civil’s editorial website in the midst of the controversy and receiving death threats from fans, the 26-year-old admitted in a New York Times piece that the stress has become so much that she’s heavily considering seeking out therapy.
The Barbs, some of them under anonymous guises, even brought their enmity from Twitter to other digital platforms like Instagram, Facebook, email and even her own cellphone. Of the brutally remorseless messages, she recalled some of them that include photos of her 4-year-old daughter and others demanding her to kill herself.
The Toronto-native added that she had been “physically drained” and “mentally depleted” since the exchange. While the finger is pointed at the fans for their reckless behavior, Thompson believes that they are “mimicking” Nicki’s behavior, however. In hindsight, however, she regrets ever posting the tweet regarding the Young Money rapstress now that it’s taken such a major toll on her life, Thompson claims.
“If I knew it would get this much harassment and that my daughter would be affected, I don’t think that I would have posted it,” she said. “Every person has a right to defend themselves and react to certain statements. But when you start to insult somebody, you’ve crossed a line. You have a responsibility as a public figure to present yourself in a certain way,” she said.
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