An image of an AFL Women’s star was controversially removed from Twitter after it received inappropriate comments by online trolls.

The image of Carlton’s Tayla Harris, captured in a match against the Western Bulldogs, attracted so many offensive comments 7AFL removed its post.

The Twitter account replaced the image with a message explaining why it was deleted.

‘The original purpose in publishing the image was to celebrate the power, athleticism and skills on show in Calrton’s thrilling win over the Western Bulldogs,’ the message read.

‘The image attracted a number of comments, some of which were inappropriate and offensive. As a consequence we have removed the image and the comments.’

Fans immediately questioned why the image needed to be taken down and eventually 7AFL posted it again with an apology.

“We’re sorry. Removing the photo sent the wrong message. Many of the comments made on the post were reprehensible & we’ll work harder to ban trolls on our pages.

“Our intention was to highlight Tayla Harris’ incredible athleticism and we’ll continue to showcase and celebrate women’s footy.”

Why are we still fighting the same fight?

I think this post on Humans in Melbourne Facebook page sums it up well.  I certainly couldn’t say anything better.

“This photo has caused a lot of controversy because some men don’t know how to treat women with respect.

“Sometimes social media makes it feel like it’s high school again where the class clown is trying to get a laugh from everyone. Or when little boys didn’t know how to talk to girls so they would tease them.

“Worst of all, some of the misogynistic comments that have been left on social media are bloody disgusting. So much so that the original post by channel 7 got taken down.

“Tayla, I am sorry you’ve had to put up with this and to all the women everywhere I am so sorry that this still happens.

“Not all men are like this, I swear, but many still think it’s ok to treat women this way…

“This is not me virtue signalling, I don’t need to do that. When I see stuff like this I think about the kind of world I want the women around me to exist in, and it doesn’t look like this. If I am lucky enough to have a daughter one day and someone spoke to her the way these men have spoken to/about Tayla, I’d be livid.

“The truth is Tayla would out kick, out mark, out run and out tackle most of those men making the comments and that’s why they comment. They are threatened by a girl and they see an opportunity to sexualise her so they feel in control of the world they are presented with in 2019.

“It’s 2019 gentlemen… time wake up.

Wish I could kick like a girl.”

Kick like a girl!

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  • I wsh it was easier to real life identify trolls and penalise them.

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  • Such a great photo of athletic ability. Those trolls were just jealous.

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  • Glad they reinstated the photo. The fact that they took it down at all rather than the misogynistic comments shows they are out of date with their social media policy!

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  • Some people are pathetic. It is a great photo. Not sure what was said but I fail to see how you can say something negative about this photo.

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  • Was it because of the length of her shorts? They are rather brief.
    Obviously she is a very talented player.

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  • Glad they reposted it. Ban and block the trolls not the innocent person being trolled.

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  • Tayla is an incredible athlete and she is a role model to so many including my daughters who are huge fans. It is disgusting that a photo of this athleticism can attract derogatory comments. I missed the comments but am glad as it really would’ve made me mad. Glad so many are coming out to support Tayla and the photo is back up! I hope she can win the Blues the prelim and get us into the grand final!

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  • Sad how an amazing picture can be brought into a bad daylight.

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  • Some people are jealous of how other people can out preform them. Good on Tayla for preforming so well.

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  • Amazing. Some people are just trolls who don’t have any idea how they can hurt someone

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  • What a bunch of idiots. It’s a great photo!

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  • wow what an athlete! go girl!!

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  • Such an amazing photo! If it was a man no one would have said anything horrible on the photo. I think 7afl should have just removed the comments and banned the people rather than take her image down

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  • Unbelievable that people were able to send so many negative comments.

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  • Sad sign of the times. You post to social media and you open yourself up to all sorts of comments, positive and negative. There’s really disgusting ‘humans’ out there.

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