The comment section on YouTube is not a nice place.
We have all come across the hate, racism, and misogyny that tends to arise when people are given the gift of anonymity.
The best thing to do is probably ignore it since the number one rule of trolls is that you don’t feed them.
Trolls are there to provoke a reaction; they get off on other’s disgust or sadness. And they do it all from a safe location, typically identified as “mom’s basement”. In other words, they are cowardly bullies who never grew up.
But sometimes it is nice and necessary to deliver trolls a smackdown, and that’s exactly what teen Aussie skier Jade Hameister recently did.
Although Hameister is only 16 years old, she has already completed what is known as the “Polar Hat Trick” – having traversed the North and South Poles, and the Greenland ice sheet.
According to National Geographic, Hameister’s most recent expedition makes her the youngest person to ski from the coast to the South Pole without support and the first woman to take a new route through the unexplored Kansas Glacier.
At the age of 14, Hameister became the youngest person to ski to the North Pole from anywhere outside the Last Degree.
It’s quite a list of accomplishments, but apparently, it hasn’t been enough for some fragile male trolls on YouTube.
In 2016, Hameister gave a TED Talk in which she talked about her journey to the North Pole and said that she wants to empower young women to expand what is possible and chase their dreams.
Sadly, awfully, but predictably, trolls came out in full force: first deriding her efforts due to the support she received from her parents, and then requesting that she “make them a sandwich.”
In case you haven’t come across it before, “Make me a sandwich,” is a catchphrase often used by male internet users to mock or discredit female achievements.
When Hameister completed her Polar Hat Trick last month, she took the opportunity to serve her trolls from the North Pole.
“Tonight (it never gets dark this time of year) I skied back to the Pole again…to take this photo for all those men who commented “Make me a sandwich” on my TEDX Talk,” she wrote on her Instagram. I made you a sandwich (ham & cheese), now ski 37 days and 600km to the South Pole and you can eat it xx”
We spent this morning cleaning out our sleds to be ready to fly out to Union Glacier tomorrow morning (depending on weather). Then we skied over to the Ceremonial South Pole (probably the Pole that everyone knows as the only South Pole – the barbers Pole with the flags) and the actual Geographic South Pole (which moves around 10m each year), which is marked separately. In the afternoon we were given a tour of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. It is seriously as close to what a Base on another planet would be like than anything else on the planet – a mini-town based around the scientific work of the National Science Foundation. Tonight (it never gets dark this time of year) I skied back to the Pole again… to take this photo for all those men who commented “Make me a sandwich” on my TEDX Talk. I made you a sandwich (ham & cheese), now ski 37 days and 600km to the South Pole and you can eat it xx #bravenotperfect #expandpossible #climatechange #jadesquest #thepolarhatrick #northpole #greenland #southpole #makemeasandwich #nationalgeographic #nationalgeographicapp @natgeo @natgeoau @australiangeographic
RIP trolls. Revenge sandwiches are best served (•_•) ( •_•)>⌐■-■ (⌐■_■) cold.
Lead Image: Jade Hameister, Instagram