AFLW players, footy commentators and men’s footy players both current and former have rallied behind Carlton star Tayla Harris, after she was heavily trolled by people online for a photo posted from the final round of the women's footy season.
Harris is one of the biggest kicks in the competition and slotted a goal from 45m out against the Bulldogs on Sunday, a moment captured by photographer Michael Wilson.
The incredible photo was posted on multiple sites, but things quickly turned as trolls hiding behind their keyboards chose to make vitriolic comments about the photo.
Harris took to Twitter tonight with a message for those people and to re-upload the photo.
Here’s a pic of me at work… think about this before your derogatory comments, animals. pic.twitter.com/68aBVVbTTj
— Tayla Harris (@taylaharriss) March 19, 2019
Since then, the footy world has united behind Harris and her message.
Elite athlete at work #GenW
— Gerard Whateley (@GerardWhateley) March 19, 2019
This is Tayla Harris – epic athlete & footballer. This is AFLW. pic.twitter.com/JIbFvhqwTm
— AFL Women's (@aflwomens) March 19, 2019
Deleting the post is giving in to trolls. Also, you’re eliminating all the positive conversation. Also, you’re removing more content around women in sport – which there’s already so little of.
— Darcy Vescio (@darcyvee) March 19, 2019
— Patrick Dangerfield (@dangerfield35) March 19, 2019
— Corey McKernan (@CoreyMcKernan) March 19, 2019
Tayla Harris’ trademark kicking style is something to be celebrated, and has been since #AFLW began in 2017. Athleticism, skill & power in full flight. Comments can be deleted; she shouldn’t be. So as well as the original image, here’s 8 more 🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/VoAj35ri5y
— Elaine Buckley (@ElaineBucko) March 19, 2019
— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) March 19, 2019
AFLW finals week and sadly we are dealing with another example of vile abuse of our players on social media. This is a daily occurrence. Time for people to celebrate our players, not troll them. As an industry we need to work together to crack down on this behaviour. pic.twitter.com/puUUNbIoAQ
— Paul Marsh (@Marsh_Paul) March 19, 2019
— Katie Loynes (@katieloynes) March 19, 2019
THE PROBLEM WAS NOT THE PHOTO https://t.co/a48ueZgPcM
— Sam Kerr (@samkerr1) March 19, 2019
— Emma Zielke (@Zilks) March 19, 2019
— Adelaide Crows AFLW (@CrowsAFLW) March 19, 2019
This is a brilliant athlete in full flight. Something to celebrate. Just over three years ago women did not play Australian Football at the elite level. The result of this leap – a goal from 40m out. @aflwomens @taylaharriss #taylaharris https://t.co/HJsxAYsROD
— Nicole Livingstone (@NicLiv) March 19, 2019