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Fans circa 2009: I can’t believe they treat ditzy Maria so bad. Why are the matches so short? Why can’t a Diva be older than 35? Why aren’t women in Main events? Where are women’s rights? #givedivasachance #divasevolution Fans circa 2019: I can’t believe Maria got pregnant again! How dare she have a family? She’s so old! She can’t work and have a family! Women wrestlers can’t be multifaceted!! Blah blah blah!! #toughasamother #15yearsofbreakingboundries #useyourvoice #megaphoneforchange #neverafraid #alwayslearning #fortheworkingmoms #fightfromtheinside
There is little doubt how frustrating it must be to be a public figure in the current social media world. Fans and critics alike have a direct line to say whatever they want, anonymously, to whomever they want to say it to. In many ways, that sucks.
Responding to it like this, however, isn’t going to do much good.
Maria is doing plenty of good in other ways, as she mentions on her Twitter. She’s attempting to show she can be a mother who works a demanding job and is successful at both. That’s noble. She just signed a new deal with WWE, securing her finances and performed in front of a worldwide audience just days ago while pregnant with her second child. Not only is it commendable, it’s inspiring.
This response to the fans who are using social media to be outwardly ugly is not.
Here’s the thing: There will always be people like this. It literally does not matter what Maria says or does, there will be people who trash her for it. A quote attributed to Margaret Thatcher reads: “If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn’t swim.” Throwing out blanket statements in an attempt to bite back, like Maria did here, does nothing to solve any issue. It just feeds into it.
Is it fair? Of course not. But it’s how it is.
Here’s to hoping she continues to achieve every goal she has for herself, and at some point ignores the idiots who will be there trying to shout her down for it.