Upcoming Events

Leitrim | Environment

no events match your query!

New Events

Leitrim

no events posted in last week

User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds

Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link New Books Worth Reading Mon Sep 19, 2016 23:25 | Seán Sheehan

offsite link 13 Billion ? Lucky for some? Mon Sep 05, 2016 13:04 | Tony Phillips

offsite link Rebuilding Ireland: Long on Promise, Short on Detail Mon Aug 29, 2016 22:20 | Eoin O'Mahony

offsite link Brexit and Other Issues: Comments on the Current Situation Mon Aug 29, 2016 21:52 | Brendan Young

offsite link Bin Charges: From Private Circus to Public Service Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:38 | Michael Taft

Irish Left Review >>

Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link Interview with Cathal Goulding Mon Dec 26, 2016 17:11 | Cathal Goulding

offsite link Trump, Russia and the CIA Sat Dec 10, 2016 18:23 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Why is my rent so high? Mon Oct 31, 2016 18:51 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Review of Capitalism: Competition, Conflict, Crises by Anwar Shaikh Sun Oct 30, 2016 16:21 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link Electoralism vs Abstentionism (Or: Why You Should Run For Office) Fri Aug 26, 2016 17:07 | Slyvia Smith

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Season’s greetings

offsite link RTEs Mary Wilson: A woman with some brain… Anthony

offsite link Irish journalism: Suffering from a serious malaise Anthony

offsite link Brian Cowen: A political idiot Anthony

offsite link Hell at the Gates: A propaganda exercise Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link The best armed forces on the planet? Wed Jan 18, 2017 01:48 | The Saker
In my recent article ?Risks and Opportunities for 2017? I made a statement which shocked many readers. I wrote: Russia is now the most powerful country on the planet. (?)

offsite link Syrian War Report ? January 17, 2017: ISIS Developing Advance In Deir Ezzor Tue Jan 17, 2017 17:08 | The Saker
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep...

offsite link Global helmsman Xi Jinping steps up with charm offensive Tue Jan 17, 2017 16:27 | The Saker
by Pepe Escobar for the Asia Times He did it, his way; Chinese President Xi Jinping descended on the Swiss Alps; profited from a geopolitical vacuum only three days before

offsite link Exclusive: Amelia Earhart shot down by Putin! Tue Jan 17, 2017 13:30 | The Saker
Spoof sent to me by an anonymous reader.  The Saker

offsite link Syrian War Report ? January 16, 2017: ISIS Overruns Army Defenses In Deir Ezzor Tue Jan 17, 2017 04:26 | The Saker
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep...

The Saker >>

You're fat: Twitter trolls attack eco Elissa Sursara

category leitrim | environment | news report author Friday October 12, 2012 12:36author by Erica Watsson Report this post to the editors

Celebrity conservationist and ecologist Elissa Sursara, who gained more than eleven kilos during recovery from staph and tetanus, was targeted by Twitter trolls who called her "fat".

Just weeks after recovering from a deadly disease, Australian conservationist Elissa Sursara went on the defense against Twitter trolls and internet bullies who called the former actress “fat” and suggested she check into “a concentration camp.”

Elissa Sursara hounded, called fat, ugly
Elissa Sursara hounded, called fat, ugly

Famed former actress Elissa Sursara is no stranger to backlash, having flamed the fury of marine parks like SeaWorld and the Sydney Aquarium, and winning enemies like Daily Telegraph reporter Miranda Devine after a public feud about shark culling.

But the likeable ecologist and conservationist, who boasts more than 100,000 fans on Twitter had her first taste of bullying when she was targeted by more than 400 trolls on Twitter who criticized her weight gain.

It’s a new experience for Sursara, who is Australia’s 9th most popular personality according to Mind Body Soul magazine.

One troll, who named its Twitter profile @FatElissa wrote, “Elissa Sursara was skinny… until she ate one of the whales she saved.”

Another, @NomNomElissa, now deleted, mused, “I should probably feel maybe bad about all this. But do I feel that? mmm......not really.”

One account attracted more than 400 followers in a day and tweeted links to pro-anorexia websites amongst dozens of pictures of celebrities struggling with their weight, including supermodel model Karolina Kurkova.

Sursara, who suffered a broken jaw and wrist in a September collision on the Gold Coast, spoke with IndyBay about her experience, saying, “I’m tough, but I’m not made of stone. Words have an impact.”

She admitted the attacks were hurtful, but shrugged off Twitter trolls’ suggestions for a starvation diet.

“I’m not plump by lifestyle," she said.

IndyBay could exclusively reveal that Sursara suffered from a blood cell infection and severe tetanus contracted during her work in India. The infection saw her weight both plummet and inflate rapidly. Sursara admits the staphylococcus aureus disease contributed greatly to immobilizing her for several months and that weight gain became unavoidable.

“I had open wounds on my legs and one on my abdomen that threatened my stomach and liver. I had surgeries to drain the masses and stayed on an IV for weeks. I spent a long time in hospital and an even longer time recovering at home,” Sursara said. “I could barely move. Of course I gained weight.”

The ecologist fell ill after ten weeks with an nongovernmental agency investigating a strong trade in illegal tiger parts in Assam, India, when she cut her leg on burnt car debris.

Left untreated during her expedition, doctors later confirmed she had been infected with immediately.

Sursara was working on the Great Barrier Reef in December before she finally admitted herself to hospital.

That month, the Animal Liberation Front issued a statement about Sursara’s undisclosed illness, offering her their rare well wishes.

Sursara is preparing to leave for the Southern Ocean with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on voyage to the Antarctic whale sanctuary.

© 2001-2017 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy