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    When celebs have the last word against online bullies

    Witty, classy and quick — here’s a look at how stars from Gigi Hadid to Rihanna responded to Internet trolls, without letting things take an ugly turn

    Rihanna
    Apart from her music,
    Barbadian singer Rihanna is known for her rebellious streak and her outrageous fashion choices that have sparked both debates and trends alike. Recently, she gave her Twitter followers a reminder of why she is considered the queen of sass. A troll asked the 28-year-old if she was aware that her ‘b***s r hanging out in like all of (her) videos’ (sic), indicating that she didn’t appreciate the popstar’s skin show. Rihanna responded with a cool and collected, ‘ur welcome’ (sic). Sometimes, words speak louder than actions, we say!

    Gigi Hadid
    Apart from working with top designers, supermodel Gigi Hadid is often in the news for her on-again off-again relationship with singer Zayn Malik. A few months ago, the 21-year-old made the news again, but this time it wasn’t for signing a new contract or appearing on a new ad campaign. When a Twitter user commented, “Practise how to walk properly instead of having a new bf every 2 weeks,” (sic) in response to a picture the model had posted, Hadid was understandably having none of it. She replied, “I’ve dated 3 guys in 3 yrs, hun. My walk can always get better; I hope the unrelated bitterness in ur heart can too (sic).” From what we gather, that did the trick with Twitterati applauding her for her response.

    JK Rowling
    Putting her best ‘witty’ foot forward, author JK Rowling had Twitter users falling more in love with her if that is even possible. When 51-year-old Rowling tweeted about world number one, Serena Williams, calling her a role model, a troll responded by saying that Williams is ‘built like a man’. ‘Ironic then that the main reason for her success is that she is built like a man,’ said the troll. Rowling shut him down by responding with a picture of Williams looking stunning in a fitted dress, along with the tweet, ‘Yeah, my husband looks like that in a dress. You’re an idiot.’ Rowling 1, troll 0!

    James Blunt
    If you thought the adorable singer-songwriter, easily recognisable by his distinct voice was one to take it sitting down, you’ve got another think coming. The musician, who recently announced that he’s started work on his fifth album, had his Twitter followers applauding his self deprecating humour when the 42-year-old responded with a witty one-liner that not only shut down a troll, but also won him more fans. The troll, who tweeted, ‘I cannot stand James Blunt,’ was met with an unexpected, ‘Have a seat. I have that effect on people,’ from
    Blunt. There’s no comeback
    for that one, surely.

    Compiled by: Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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