Soap opera actors are used to all kinds of criticism from outspoken fans, but mean-spirited comments launched against The Bold and the Beautiful's Heather Tom and her alter ego, Katie Logan, this week were a bit much for the actress to handle.
After reading some hateful messages from B&B fans that included some suggesting she should even lose her job, Tom sent out a series of tweets to let haters know that their negative comments affect her personally.
"Ur hate 4 my character really hurts me," she began. "I get that U don't like Katie -- that's fine ur entitled to ur opinion, but ur comments are so personal."
She followed up that tweet with, "why would you want me to lose my job? That's how I support my son -- do U just want me 2 feel bad?"
Not long after her initial tweets, Tom apologized for her "sob show," writing, "Feeling a little emotional this morning -- just don't know why things have 2 B so mean spirited -- makes me not want 2post."
Ur hate 4 my character really hurts me-I get that U don't like Katie-that's fine ur entitled to ur opinion,but ur comments are so personal.- Heather Tom (@BBheathertom) September 12, 2016
why would you want me to lose my job?That's how I support my son-do U just want me 2 feel bad?- Heather Tom (@BBheathertom) September 12, 2016
Sorry for the sob show-feeling a little emotional this morning-just don't know why things have 2 B so mean spirited-makes me not want 2post- Heather Tom (@BBheathertom) September 12, 2016
She then reminded fans that actors see the comments fans make. "People should remember that we read these things and I for one take my work really personally -- you don't have to like it but #wordsCanHurt"
People should remember that we read these things and I for one take my work really personally- you don't have to like it but #wordsCanHurt- Heather Tom (@BBheathertom) September 12, 2016
Fortunately, loyal fans of the actress quickly responded to Tom's tweets to help shut the haters down. Hundreds of positive comments poured in, prompting the actress to take to Twitter once more to show her appreciation.
Ok now I'm sitting here bawling because of all the sweet things you all are saying-thank you! It's really made me feel better! #wordsCanHeal- Heather Tom (@BBheathertom) September 12, 2016
This isn't the first time a daytime performer has had issues with negative fan comments. Several stars have publicly reminded viewers that they take both negative and positive fan opinions to heart, and some have even taken breaks from social media sites like Twitter in response to large amounts of negativity. Both daytime actors and the powers that be have urged mean-spirited fans to think twice before posting destructive and offensive comments.
What are your thoughts on the way social media has changed the way fans can both support and bash daytime actors? What do you think about posting negative comments about actors? Are they fair game because performers are public personalities? Or do think criticism should be delivered constructively, considering actors do see the opinions viewers post? We want to hear from you -- and there are many ways you can share your thoughts.