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Girl (6) trolled on social media after song on RTE show

By Staff Reporter

Published 02/12/2015

Targeted by trolls: Lara Reddy
Targeted by trolls: Lara Reddy

The family of six-year-old Lara Reddy are considering filing an official complaint to gardai in the Republic over abuse she received after appearing on the Late Late Toy Show.

The Dublin girl attracted abuse online after she sang: "My Little Pony, skinny and bony, went to the stable to die on the table".

Lara proceeded to talk to host Ryan Tubridy about toys, sang Let it Go from the Disney film Frozen and jokingly refused to give the microphone back to him.

However, the lyrics of the My Little Pony song prompted a string of negative tweets, with many claiming the child and her parents were advocating animal abuse.

Some comments related to her ethnicity, while a number of users labelled her "spoiled". Lara's picture also became a meme and a number of mocking images were also shared online.

However, other users did come to Lara's defence, reminding people she was just a young girl who did not deserve to be targeted in such a vicious way.

A friend of the Reddy family said the family was considering all options when it came to filing an official complaint.

"It's a tough decision to make and they are weighing up all of their options at the moment," they added.

"A lot of the racist comments came from fake Twitter accounts, and a lot of them have been deleted as well.

"They haven't made a decision yet, but they firmly believe this type of abuse shouldn't be allowed to go on. Lara had an absolute ball on the show and it's a pity that some nasty people had to tarnish it with hurtful and hateful comments online.

"To be on the Late Late Toy Show is something all kids dream about - it's something she'll remember forever. She's just a child - she didn't deserve that - but thankfully she is too young to see any of it."

Lara's father Mark immediately came to his daughter's defence on his Twitter account last Friday night when the abuse started.

Referring to the alternative lyrics used by Lara, he said: "She's singing it at home daily, there are many variations. I didn't teach her that, but I'm one proud dad."

Mark also expressed his pride at his young daughter's on-air performance.

"Very proud mam and dad tonight, she did brilliantly," he tweeted.

Despite the unpleasant trolling, Mr Reddy said Lara had thoroughly enjoyed the experience, describing it as "the memory of a lifetime".

Mr Reddy and RTE did not wish to comment when contacted last night.

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