This story originally appeared on People.com by Julie Mazziotta
The personal trainer, 29, regularly leaves comments on the Instagram pages of celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj for fun, and because it brings more people to her own Instagram page, @diaryofafitmommyofficial. And thanks to Instagram's algorithm, her comments are often the first ones people see while scrolling through their feeds because Cooper is a verified user with over 1 million followers.
With her own comments front and center, Cooper suddenly started getting more attention, which led to harmful and explicit replies to her own posts.
"I get bullied and harassed on a daily basis because I choose to comment on Instagram," she wrote on Instagram. "I get called fat, ugly, annoying, stupid and a bad mom because I comment and interact with my favorite pages to follow. The hate that I get is so insane and hypocritical because they do the exact same." (Related: Body Shaming Is a Problem and Here's What You Can Do to Stop It)
I get bullied and harassed on a daily basis because I choose to comment on Instagram. Now I’m finally hitting back at the haters in my newest blog post at diaryofafitmommy.com/blog I get called fat, ugly, annoying, stupid, and a bad mom because I comment and interact with my favorite pages to follow. The hate that I get is so insane and hypocritical because they do the exact same. I’ve even had comments from people saying to “KYS” which stands for “kill your self” and messages saying they were going to kill my children. There was another school shooting today and I wonder why..the shooter reportedly was bullied much like this. First of all, instagram (social media) is my full time job. It’s how I connect with clients and gain new followers. It may look like I’m on here 24/7 because I have my notifications turned on. Also my kids are taken care of Let me ask you this.. if you know I’m everywhere doesn’t that mean you’re everywhere too? Honestly. But the person whom you should really be upset with is this new Instagram algorithm. They choose to highlight my comments, but this is how I always commented. Nothing new here folks. I make $500,000 a year and I am able to support my family of 4 so I’m happy to be here. Even when haters are trying their best to phase me. I’m so thankful for @instagram and this page of mine. It’s taken me to so many places and I’ve met so many amazing people! And I don’t care what anyone says, I’ve got the BEST followers in the world! I’m constantly bombarded with messages and comments from haters asking me to block them but little do they know, they’ll still see my comments regardless if they block me or I block them. I won’t be stopping anytime soon so you can either do one of the following: 1. Read my newest blog post and try to understand where I’m coming from. 2. Stop getting so triggered and simply scroll past my comments if you see them. 3. Keep hating and be a miserable presence. The choice is yours. It’s a beautiful life and at the end of the day there are more important things to be concerned with ☺️
Cooper said she even receives death threats. "I've even had comments from people saying to 'KYS' which stands for 'kill your self,' and messages saying they were going to kill my children," she said.
The majority of the hateful comments, though, are from people who believe she's neglecting her children in favor of leaving Instagram comments. (Related: Sia Cooper Is On a Mission to Prove That EVERYONE Jiggles In a Bikini)
"People have also asked how I have time to comment. Well, it's my job — and if you are seeing my comments then you are likely on social media just as much as I am," Cooper wrote in a blog post. "Then people will criticize me for 'not taking care of my kids' but little do they know or CARE, my kids are happy and healthy. I am not neglecting anyone in order to comment nor am I am on my phone all day."
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Cooper says asks people to consider the new Instagram algorithm.
"The person whom you should really be upset with is this new Instagram algorithm. They choose to highlight my comments, but this is how I always commented. Nothing new here folks," she said. "I make $500,000 a year and I am able to support my family of 4 so I'm happy to be here. Even when haters are trying their best to faze me."
When you’re candid versus posed.. I had no idea the first photo was being taken I was relaxed and obviously normal in my own little world. Second photo I worked that camera, sucked my belly in, and flattered my features. Both photos are beautiful! But I think we need to see more candid photos on Instagram, can I get an amen?! We each need to have a tiny camera man who captures photos of us when we least expect it and then show THAT to the world. I promise you fitness model’s feeds would be a whole lot different If all else fails and you’re beating yourself up over that photo of that drop dead fitness model, please remember that her poop stinks too just like everyone else
And Cooper is certainly used to dealing with negative comments. When she was first gaining popularity in 2015 and pregnant with her second child, she heard plenty of criticism because she continued to work out. (Her transformation will inspire you to start lifting weights)
"When I first started blogging, they would bother me so badly and hurt my feelings," she told PEOPLE at the time. "Nowadays, I do not even glance twice because it is honestly part of my business. The best way to deal with negative comments is to not reply and move on, but know that you are doing the very best that you can and are happy doing it."
And overall, she's happy to have her Instagram community.
"I'm so thankful for @instagram and this page of mine," she wrote on Friday. "It's taken me to so many places and I've met so many amazing people! And I don't care what anyone says, I've got the BEST followers in the world!"