Home and Away star Anna Samson has spoken out against online bullying in a new Instagram post.
While the newcomer expressed excitement over being part of an "iconic" show, she opened up about some of the abusive comments she's received and called out those who have been sending misogynistic messages.
"What an exciting time for Sam Barrett and myself, as we join the cast of Home and Away, this iconic place of Australian television," she wrote. "How disappointing that this can be spoilt with the culture of online bullying.
"The sad thing is, this is not surprising. In 2021 people still feel they have the right to shame, comment on, and harass women about their appearance.
"This is not new. It's part of a culture of cowardice.
"Cruelly commenting on our weight loss or gain, our faces, our choices, our voices. In 2021. As if we don't have bigger things to be concerned with."
Anna continued: "I'd suggest to these social media bullies to find something better to do with their time. You are guilty of contributing to a very problematic and dangerous culture.
"Our bodies are not your business. Our bodies are not your battleground."
Co-star Luke Arnold, whose character Lewis Hayes was introduced in recent months, posted in support of Anna on social media.
"I joined the show the same time as these talented women, but I am spared all this shit because I'm a dude," he wrote (via TV Week).
"Engage with the characters. Engage with the story. When it comes to the actors and their bodies, kindly shut your mouth."
Home and Away airs weekdays at 1.15pm and 6pm on Channel 5 (UK) and Mondays to Thursdays at 7pm on Channel 7 (Australia). Selected classic episodes are available via Amazon Prime Video in the UK.
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