Kirsten speaks out
If anyone knows what it is like to be bullied and receive hate online it is General Hospital actress Kirsten Storms. She is one of several actresses on the ABC soap who have been at the receiving end of the comments from cruel soap fans. Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall) and Kelly Thiebaud ( Britt Westbourne) have both responded to negative fans who criticized them about their looks, hairstyles, and their characters love lives. For some reason, GH fans are brutal in their attacks and soap fans who watch the other three daytime dramas do not seem to respond the same way. Storms has been attacked online during the past decade for losing weight, as well as gaining weight. She has been accused of having cancer, being anorexic, on drugs, and having a mental breakdown. The actress has shared her journey which been difficult as from a young age, as she bore the responsibly and pressure of being the sole breadwinner for her family. She also dealt with painful endometriosis, cysts on her brain that required surgery, COVID 19, a divorce, and stress so severe her skin broke out. Most recently the actress incurred a serious injury to her fingers when throwing away a trash bag. Kirsten said the handles wrapped tightly around her fingers and she had to wear a brace. In the past when she remained silent some fans started unfounded rumors. In recent years Kirsten has spoken out to tell her truth in advance of false information.
Kirsten's state of mind
Storms was recently interviewed by Maurice Benard who portrays Sonny Corinthos on General Hospital on his Vlog State of Mind. The actress revealed there was a point in her life where she was affected by the negativity from fans. Storms added that she is now at a different place in her mental health journey that is "more peaceful.” She went on to say the following:
"I don’t want to say I don’t care what people think,” because I do. But what I care about is I want to be remembered as a good and nice person. And that’s it. So I care that you think of me in a positive way. If you feel negativity towards me, then I feel almost… I know I’m putting out good energy. I feel sad for you that you are in a place where you’re projecting whatever negative feelings you’re having."
"So if I get a negative comment or something, my response is always like, ‘I hope your day turns around and that you don’t feel the need to come at someone who has not done anything to you.’ I try not to engage with that stuff.
-The Biblical approach
Soaps In Depth summed up Storms response to Benard by stating that she deals with online haters by "Turning the other cheek.". For those who may think this is just a popular phrase the truth is that it comes from the Bible. In the sermon on the mount in Matthew 5:39 Jesus says the following in the King James version. "But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil:
but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right
cheek, turn to him the other also".
Kirsten actually told Benard “I never instigate an argument with someone", but quickly added that this mentality only applies to those who are coming against her. She says she will not tolerate anyone attacking her daughter or her parenting skills and revealed that if anyone does she can be lethal.
Online bullying continues
In spite of Storms and her castmates Monaco and Thiebaud addressing online bullying it continues. These women and others in the entertainment industry are doing a job and trying to make a living. Standing in front of a camera cannot be easy when everyone is critiquing you. Perhaps those who hide behind a screen to mistreat others should consider another old adage that comes from scripture. In Matthew 7:12 Jesus says "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you: do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets". This has been shortened over the years and given the name " The Golden Rule." Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Kudos to Kirsten Storms for taking the high road when it comes to General Hospital fans who are bullies:,Hopefully some of the haters will follow her lead.
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© 2022 Cheryl E Preston