Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:49 PM
Emit (11,211 posts)
The Princess & the Trolls:The Heartrending Legend of Adalia Rose, the Most Reviled Six-Year-Old Girl
The Princess and the Trolls: The Heartrending Legend of Adalia Rose, the Most Reviled Six-Year-Old Girl on the Internethttp://gawker.com/5985943/?post=57708536
Like many things of great consequence, it all started with "Ice Ice Baby." Adalia Rose Williams, at the age of five years, made a video of herself dancing to the Vanilla Ice hit, and the dancing videos were ultimately responsible for what followed: the hundreds of letters, the thousands of emails, the 5.8 million Facebook fans. The unauthorized redneck-rap tribute song selling on iTunes. The obscene put-downs. The death threats.
But first, here is Adalia Rose Williams, now six years and two months old, the most quietly famous six-year-old in the world, maybe. She has bright, brown eyes, thin lips she likes to circle with bright lipstick, and nicknames including Lil Baller, Whiz, and Weasel. She lives with her 24-year-old mother, Natalia Amozurrutia, her 26-year-old step-dad, Ryan Pallante, and her baby brother, Marcelo, at her Grandmother "Gama" Rosa's house in Round Rock, Texas, a city of 100,000 people located 20 miles north of Austin.
No one remembers the exact date the Internet discovered Adalia. At some point in late May or early June, Edie recalls Adalia's page shooting up from 600 likes to 10,000 overnight. Within 10 days, the response would be completely out of control.
At first, the online attention was overwhelmingly positive. Teenage girls and maternal-seeming women would write in to tell Adalia she was courageous. They'd write to tell her she was beautiful. They'd write to tell her she was an angel. They wanted to meet her. They loved her joy. Younger girls wanted her for a sister. Moms wanted her to know she was loved.
The first indication the page was under siege came the night of June 3, 2012, when Natalia posted a public notice asking followers to report anything "inappropriate." The nastiness seemed like a fluke, but then, all of a sudden, it definitely wasn't.
"There were some hideous comments: 'Kill it before it lays eggs,' 'This is the reason abortion should be legal' and on and on and on," Edie told me, still audibly affected. "Some comments that had me up all night long, until 3 o'clock in the morning, crying at the computer, deleting these comments, banning these people. My husband goes, 'You can't do this.' I'm like, 'Natalie can't see these comments! Are you kidding me? This is hideous.'"
This world can be so insanely cruel.
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