Famous women who were demonized by the media

Report finds that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were targeted by a coordinated hate campaign on Twitter

Stars Insider

28/10/21 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Sexism

Despite the recent progress in gender equality, sexism in media coverage of powerful women is woefully untamed. Female celebrities and politicians have their appearances scrutinized and criticized exponentially more than men in the same position. Their appearance is tied to their likeability and eligibility for positions of power. Every step is carefully observed, the paparazzi are just waiting to capture the fall.

Meghan Markle became one of the most talked-about women of the decade after marrying Prince Harry. Nasty tabloid stories and online trolling were two major factors that drove the couple to exit the royal family and attempt to live a quieter life. Almost two years after "Megxit," a report by the platform Bot Sentinel has revealed that a number of inauthentic Twitter accounts were involved in a coordinated effort to attack the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They found that 83 troll accounts were responsible for "approximately 70% of the original and derivative hate content targeting Harry and Meghan."

They were able to link many of the accounts to each other proving that it was a planned attack. The accounts in question were responsible for starting false rumors and sharing deceptively edited photos and videos. The 83 accounts they analyzed had a potential reach of 17 million users. The conclusion was that the majority of the hate generated on Twitter towards Meghan Markle was not organic. It was cunningly created and dispersed by a small, organized group. 

The world is slowly starting to see through the character assassinations that put these women's livelihoods at risk and try to scare them out of having a voice. Click through this gallery to see which other famous females suffered at the hands of the media, and how.  

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