It takes a lot to make it in Hollywood and to reach a place as a young adult makes that person a target for those who don’t have the persistence, talent, and drive to do so. Jealously ensues and sadly, that sometimes includes a nasty dose of revenge. Such is the case for what led to the sudden, tragic demise of a successful star who had just reached stardom before she lost absolutely everything within seconds of a horrific decision that led to her being found dead.
It’s been a particularly rough year for Hollywood who has suffered more than their fair share of fatalities. Between murders, overdoses, suicides, and sudden deaths brought on by undiagnosed health conditions, the industry needs nothing more than a healthy and happy new year in for 2018.
Setting aside judgment and criticism for how someone becomes famous, the loss of life, no matter how it happens, is always tragic. This is because of a missed opportunity to save someone or mend something that broken, only to be realized too late. Such is the case for 23-year-old August Ames. Many may not know this name, especially if they aren’t familiar with adult entertainment stars, but the way she died should resonate with everyone in America, regardless of feelings for how she became famous.
FOX5 DC reports:
A porn star relentlessly bullied on Twitter after saying she did not want to have sex with someone who had shot gay porn committed suicide by hanging herself.
August Ames, a 23-year-old rising star in the adult film industry, died Tuesday in California. The Ventura County Medical Examiner said Ames died of asphyxiation.
She had tweeted on December 3: “Whichever (lady) performer is replacing me tomorrow for @EroticaXnews, you’re shooting with a guy who has shot gay porn, just to let cha know. BS is all I can say. Do agents really not care about who they’re representing? I do my homework for my body.”
The tweet garnered an onslaught of negative responses.
She later responded: “NOT homophobic. Most girls don’t shoot with guys who have shot gay porn, for safety. That’s just how it is with me. I’m not putting my body at risk, I don’t know what they do in their private lives.”
But the negative responses kept coming.
After Ames’ death, fellow porn stars came to her defense and slammed the online mob bullying her.
Regardless of her industry and how she made her money, Ames’ death shines a light on a very dark issue. With the advent of the Internet, the issue of bullying has become a devastating issue in society that can’t be passed off as just schoolyard banter. Persistent and abusive comments and verbal attacks does not discriminate based on age, gender, race success, or social status. It’s relentless and terrorizing people trying to find and/or be themselves and feel that who they are or want to be is not allowed or acceptable. When someone reaches a point that they feel suicide is their only way out of the torment, we must realize that there’s a problem that needs to be fixed.
Please look for the signals of someone being bullied online or anywhere – there’s an underlying epidemic of this going on right now, all around each one of us. You can be an advocate for these victims and will most likely save a life in coming alongside someone who needs your support.