Why internet hates Isabel Gillies? ‘Law & Order: SVU’ actress says memes make her cry

The 51-year-old author wrote, “It ain’t like the ol’ days – something has seriously changed”


                            Why internet hates Isabel Gillies? ‘Law & Order: SVU’ actress says memes make her cry
Isabel Gillies attends the first-ever "The Moment I Knew" conversation and cocktail event hosted by The Huffington Post Divorce Section Partners with Meetup.com at NEW YORK CITY (Joe Corrigan/Getty Images for AOL)
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‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ actress Isabel Gillies has penned down an open letter addressing the online trolling she received for her character, Kathy Stabler. The 51-year-old author was part of the show for its first 12 seasons as the wife of Christopher Meloni's Elliot Stabler before she left the show in 2011. However, in 2020, she made a comeback for one episode of ‘SVU’ Season 22.

The season finale saw her character getting killed and paving way for Season 1 of ‘Law & Order: Organized Crime,’ the franchise's spinoff. Though Gillies’ character is dead, her name popped up in a crossover episode of 'SVU and Organized Crime' in September, disclosing that Kathy had attempted to get her on-screen husband to end the attraction between him and former partner Olivia Benson, played by Mariska Hargitay.

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It has been reported that the recent revelation in the plotline angered the show’s fans and they started sending hate messages to her. Slamming those hate-filled comments, Gillies began her new blog by writing, “It ain’t like the ol’ days – something has seriously changed,” before stating, “My feed, which is normally pretty sleepy, a retweeted article here, a few shoutouts about a recipe there, was a stream of eye-popping-bile posts, at me! My character, the deceased Kathy Stabler, was trending on Twitter. Gliding over links and threads, memes and emojis, I started, well, crying. ‘KATHY STABLER IS BURNING IN THE DEEPEST PART OF HELL.’ Scroll, scroll… ‘YOU DESERVE TO BLOW UP!’ Scroll, scroll… ‘Good morning to absolutely everyone except Kathy Stabler’s ghost.’ Scroll, scroll… ‘This girl is the nastiest, skank bitch I’ve ever met!’”

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Actress Isabel Gillies attends The Joyful Revolution Gala hosted by Mariska Hargitay's Joyful Heart Foundation at David Geffen Hall on May 10, 2016, in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Joyful Heart Foundation)

 

The ‘Metropolitan’ star also pointed out that she does not even watch ‘Law & Order’ and claimed that the latest changes in the show do not bother her. She noted, “While I love Mariska and Chris, if their characters were falling for each other or not wasn’t my concern. Once they buried me, I continued on my life as Isabel Gillies, mom, wife, mahjong player.”

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Christopher Meloni attends the "Stillwater" New York Premiere at Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center on July 26, 2021, in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

 

Gillies said after getting disturbed, she called Hargitay, who she believes "is one of the most empathetic, loving people on this earth.” She wrote: “Hard to imagine she has much experience with vitriol, but sadly, she’s had plenty of it. After accepting her invitation to the higher road called, don’t-take-it-personally, I pulled myself together and had this lasting thought. What if I were Anthony Fauci? Or Jen Psaki? Or Nikki Haley? What if I was running an organization like Mom’s Demand or the Club For Growth? Or a magazine with opinions, like any of them. Lying on the floor, (the only place that felt safe frankly) the weight of the hatred that must come daily at these people – they are just people, people –got me up off the ground and on my computer.”

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Mariska Hargitay attends the "Law & Order: SVU" Television Milestone Celebration at The Paley Center for Media on September 25, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

 

Concluding her blog, Gillies mentioned, “Can we please all take it down a notch? No matter what our personal views are about TV love stories or climate change or the Senate parliamentarian, can we pause? There is the acronym T.H.I.N.K. Is it thoughtful? is it honest? Is it interesting? Is it necessary? Is it kind? I’m going to try to put everything I say or write through this little fail-safe.”

“I often feel the urge to spew a nasty rant as much as the next person, but if a second-tier character on a primetime drama can be the victim of a ferocious online melt-down because of make-believe, it kills me to think what actual important civil servants must have to endure. It seems we’re all screaming at each other all day, every day. Is it worth it? Can we stop? Can we think?” she added.

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