Everyone loves a troll.
It’s been a while since I’ve been trolled, and a long, long time since I’ve had a classic example like this. It was just too good/tragic not to share with you…
Shortly after posting about the Swale Life Poetry Contest (which I am judging, folks!), I received the following amusing message from a male commenter who shall remain nameless:
You are charging an entry fee????
Isn’t that illegal … ????
I won’t enter a contest that I have to pay for…
I am already poor enough…
I am a freaking artist…
I have no money…
I had a bit of a giggle at this message but did nothing about it and thought no more of it. I assumed that hey, if he was so offended by my “illegal” contest, he just wouldn’t enter and everyone would be fine. But no. When I did not respond, I was bombarded by further messages. Check this one out:
I will never pay to enter a contest involving my art.
I think it is in poor taste for you to promote this event.
You have been a friend of mine for a long time. [NB: I do not know this person at all.]
But I sense that this will soon change.
No artist should EVER have to pay a fee to enter a contest.
I was you [sic] friend but soon may not be.
Oh Mr Troll. In what lovely rose-tinted world do you live? I want to visit.