Date: November 05 2012
Comic-actor Denise Scott is in Sydney for a one week run of her stand-up comedy show Regrets at The Comedy Store, a show motivated by the regret of not sleeping with her first love. But the much liked Scott has one very serious regret: her first efforts at going on Facebook.
The beloved star, best known for her role on Seven's Winners & Losers and as a regular guest on the ABC's Spicks and Specks, has been a target of the online trolls.
When Scott first joined the social media site "I did it reluctantly and then really got into it and then found it really quite negative."
Scott explains the negativity came about "because of a joke that caused offence and people wanted me dead and it was massive. It occurred at the same time as my mum was in palliative care dying. So I had these two things going on - just a nightmare. I was shocked by it. People's hatred of me on Facebook''.
For an award-winning comedian the encounter with trolls was confronting. "Reading negative stuff about yourself it's hard on your soul. You've got to learn to be more thick-skinned and I can't be any more thick-skinned."
Her response was simply to change the way she related to social media. "I'm much more careful now. That's why I won't do twitter. I'm nervous of it."
She is confident that her anecdotal, self-deprecating and award-winning stand-up outshines any 140 character outpouring. As Scott says of social media: “It’s a reminder of how telling personal stuff that is meaningful and serves a purpose is quite an artform. What Facebook is doing - and Twitter - is seeing how many people do it badly!”
Denise Scott performs 'Regrets' at the Sydney Comedy Store, 8-11 November, www.comedystore.com.au
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