In the wake of the abuse fired at MasterChef contestant Joanne Zalm from fans, Channel Ten is considering shutting down its comments feature on the official website.
Zalm has been the target of a barrage of abuse and criticism on websites such as Facebook and Ten’s MasterChef page.
A fan club entitled “Get rid of Joanne Zalm” has been launched on Facebook where physical threats have also been made against the Sydney mother.
Ten have already been forced to pull some comments from its website due the nature of the abuse targeted at the aspiring chef.
“Finally a place with like minded people, who are obvioulsy great judges of character [can congregate] … I despise her, her voice, the way she looks and especially the way she always passes the buck and refuses to take any blame for things not going right.” posted one Facebook member.
“I hate her.” Posted another.
Ten have said they are doing as much as they can to limit the abuse on their website.
“In environments where we have control, bad behaviour and toxic commentary, not in keeping with the positive spirit of MasterChef, is not tolerated,” it said.
“MasterChef is a family show and a family website. We have always removed posts that are abusive and have taken an even harder stance in recent weeks.”
“We still encourage debate. However all non-constructive personal abuse of contestants, judges and other users are removed and repeat offenders banned.”
Source: The Age