January 26


Don’t Let The Bullies Win!

By Celeste DeCamps

January 26, 2021

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"It takes courage and conviction to follow through on our ideas."
I came across a story today about a woman who decided to force herself out of her comfort zone and learn more about social media. She was introduced to TikTok and challenged herself to go on it. She goes by the name Granny Coy Bundy and does her best to spread joy and positivity. Her dance videos have gone viral, and with her newfound fame came the cyberbullies. She wanted to ignore them and enjoy her 2.6 million followers who loved her, but the nasty responses kept coming. She wasn't concerned for herself, but she was worried for her young audience. Coy Bundy spoke about love and forgiveness, but the negative comments were overwhelming. She decided to take a break and remove herself from all social media.

It's a sad commentary that there's this kind of hate in the world. We can all have differences in opinion and perspective, but to sink to berating a person trying to spread goodwill is cruel. I know the internet is full of trolls, but this ugliness is on another level. It's easy to tear a person down, but what's the point of that? Does this action somehow give the bully a feeling of superiority? Do they receive some kind of satisfaction that they hurt someone's feelings and made them feel less than? What does that say about their own state of mind?

I believe the person who can stoop to such a low level is the one to be pitied. There's something innately wrong when a person can derive pleasure from insulting another. I know that small-minded people will continue to offend from the safety of their couch, but we can't let that unhappy mindset keep us from doing what we love.

It's never easy putting ourselves in the public eye. Presenting our creations and talent, knowing we will be judged harshly, is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage and conviction to follow through on our ideas. If we succumb to the faceless, petty people and not share ourselves, we will be the ones to regret it. We have to trust that what we have to offer is valuable and continuously work to make it the best.

For Granny Coy Bundy, an exciting thing happened, Sherri Shepherd (former View co-host) reached out to her. "I am sorry you have to be dealing w the haters. Please know you bring joy to so many."

"I didn't think that I was even noticed like that," Coy Bundy says. "I didn't know that I could inspire or make other people happy that inspire me and that makes me happy. It's literally surreal. It makes you speechless."

I'm so glad this lovely lady found validation for sharing her talent. How great that Sherri Shepherd took the time to reach out and let Bundy know that she appreciated her work. I believe we all need to lift each other with encouragement and support. We all contribute to society one way or another. Our growth depends on building and expanding our knowledge, and that includes improving our humanity as well.

I hope Granny Coy Bundy's story inspires you to put yourself out there to share your message, talent, and joy.

Here's the whole story by Kerry Justich. TikTok Famous Grandma,47, leaves app after getting cyberbullied by Gen-Z users.

About the author

Celeste DeCamps has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Miami. She worked in radio and television, was a professional belly dancer, drummer, percussionist, nightclub owner, and a sales rep for Southern Wine and Spirits for 12 years. Throughout her different career moves, speaking to and teaching women how to be more confident is Celeste's most fulfilling job.

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