Michelle Marie

Michelle Marie

*Racist trolls are not just unique to the United States.

According to Mashable.com, a black British woman was inundated with racist comments after she was chosen to take over Ireland’s Twitter account – an honor that is given to a different person in the country each week.

Michelle Marie, a plus-size model and blogger originally from Oxford, moved to Ireland in 2013. In her first tweet, she wrote that she had settled in Ireland and “it has my heart.”

Within hours of taking over the profile, she was hit with scores of racist and “racist and body-shaming hatred as nationalism,” notes Mashable. Eventually, as with the severe racist trolling of “SNL” and “Ghostbusters” star Leslie Jones, Marie said she had to “take a break” from Twitter.

The accounts belonging to many of the trolls have been suspended, but here examples of a few that slipped through:

@ireland It is insulting for you, who genetically will never be Irish, to think you can represent Ireland. Return to your ancestral lands.

— End Cultural Marxism (@genophilia) August 22, 2016

Marie at first fired back, defending her right to be chosen for @Ireland and attempting to address the damaging effects of racial bullying and body shaming:

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And then finally this…

She later posted a statement saying she has “experienced racism, sexism, fatphobia and homophobia to a degree I have never known”:

As Marie mentioned in her tweets, she also received a tremendous amount of support from Irish citizens who were shocked and embarrassed by the racial abuse.

Early this morning, Marie was able to regroup and return to the account with a fighting spirit:

This morning, the praise that greeted her outweighed the hate:

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