Cyclist Emily Bridges told ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott how she suffered an avalanche of violent threats, following comments by the prime minister
Online abuse has become a way of life for Emily Bridges: "It is very difficult to read everything people are saying about you, and it hurts, it hurts."
But nothing could have prepared her for the onslaught she suffered when Boris Johnson shared his views recently about transgender women’s place in sport .
"I don’t think biological males should be competing in female sporting events," the prime minister said.
His comments triggered an avalanche of hate-filled threats to Bridges, including from someone who promised extreme violence if she ever lined up in a women’s race.
‘The response was as expected, I had threats of physical violence made against me,’ says cyclist Emily Bridges "It’s really strange to see probably the most famous man in Britain talking about you and having an opinion on something that he doesn’t know anything about," Bridges reflected.
"The response after that was as expected, I had threats of physical violence made against me by complete strangers online."People are entitled to hold an opinion about it, but there’s a way to go about voicing that opinion – and threatening to kneecap me is not that way."I’m scared a lot of the time about being who I am in public. Is someone going to recognise me? They were real concerns and it was a real fear that I had after the comments were made, and it […]