Only weeks after The Walking Dead actor, Josh McDermitt, closed his Instagram and Twitter accounts, Alanna Masterson, who plays Tara Chambler, has also abandoned social media. McDermitt, who plays Eugene Porter on The Walking Dead, recently closed his social media accounts when he was attacked by fans of the show for his character’s actions. Alanna Masterson has removed her Instagram account and her Twitter account lays dormant. Did she also leave social media because of Internet bullying?
Alanna Masterson had over 1 million The Walking Dead fans that followed her on Instagram. She often posted pictures of herself and her daughter to her account. She sometimes also used her social media accounts to share tidbits of herself and other stars of The Walking Dead while they were on set.
The Twitter account of The Walking Dead star is still active, but nothing has been posted since May 9, 2017 and what is there is impersonal for the most part. Masterson’s Twitter account consists mostly of retweets and promotional type of tweets for The Walking Dead events. There is the occasional mention of her daughter but no pictures that give fans of The Walking Dead a glimpse into her life as her Instagram account did.
Alanna Masterson joined The Walking Dead in Season 4. She took on the role of Tara Chambler and she had a sister that became involved with the Governor and ultimately lost her life because of him. She was at the battle at the prison where the Governor destroyed the sanctuary for Rick and his group but she knew she was on the wrong side. When the battle was all over, Glenn found her hiding and took her with him to find the rest of the group.
Allana continued in her role as Tara on The Walking Dead and became the first openly gay character on the show.
While Masterson has not specifically said that she has left social media because of bullying, it would not be surprising if she did because she has encountered Internet trolls in the past.
According to Comic Book, she has stood up to her Internet bullies on social media in the past, disgusted with their behavior. On Instagram, she did share pictures of herself and her baby and not everyone had kind things to say. People commented on her weight and other personal issues.
In an Instagram post that has since been removed, The Walking Dead star stood up to the Internet trolls.
“Dear Instagram trolls, body shamers, and the men and woman who think it’s ok to comment on my weight: I hope that you don’t have children. And if you do, I hope you teach them about kindness and acceptance. I hope they learn that it isn’t ok to make fun of people or call people names. I hope one day YOU learn what it takes to be a parent. A kind, selfless parent. A working parent. A parent that puts themselves in someone else’s shoes”
She continued to comment on how nursing a baby takes a lot of work and scheduling. Masterson said that giving her child the best start to life was her main priority and if that meant that she had to consume extra calories to produce milk for her daughter, it was well worth it. She shamed them for being Internet bullies and Alanna wondered what their mothers would think of their behavior. Masterson ended her rant by reminding them that she had recently given birth, was nursing her child between sets, was spending 17 hours at a time working, and doing her own stunts. How can you not be impressed with that?
Since Alanna Masterson has not come right out and said that she’s left social media for the same reasons as Eugene Porter, viewers may see her again later. However, with the experiences that Masterson has had with Internet trolls, it would not be surprising.
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