NEW YORK — The actor James McArthur is a big proponent of the idea that the Internet is a bully and he wants to change that with his own brand of online bullying.
“Bullying is a real thing.
I don’t know how many times I’ve been on the phone with my parents, saying ‘I’m going to kill myself,'” McAvoys wife, former “Wolves” actress Allison Williams, said Wednesday during a panel discussion at the Sundance Film Festival.
But McAviers response to online bullying, Williams said, has been largely “just like, ‘Hey, it’s not a big deal.'”
Williams, who is in the midst of a book tour with “Wolf of Wall Street,” said her husband would never engage in online bullying but that he’s aware that it happens.
McAvoy, who’s a huge proponent of a new, free platform called the “internet bully” app, spoke out against bullying on the panel alongside former “The Office” star Amy Poehler, who said she’d never do it.
She also took issue with McAvoirs comments about women being treated differently on the Internet, saying, “I don’t think that’s how the world works.”
McAvoys comments came a day after Poehler spoke out about the “bullying” that goes on online.
Poehler wrote in a New York Times op-ed that her daughter, who was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at age 5, was bullied by a Facebook page dedicated to her mother’s work and the hashtag “#StopBullyingMe” was trending in her home state of New York.
The actress also said that McAvys response to the controversy was “not how we talk to one another on the internet.”
She said she was “sickened” to see how “some of his responses” were negative, but she added that she was surprised at the response she received on social media.
McAvos’ comments came after a slew of positive posts from the actor, who had been criticized by critics and critics of his social media posts.