Thank you Hater! Anti-troll song goes viral

Comedian Isabel Fay takes aim at internet bullies.

   

Just going to let this one speak for itself - comedian Isabel Fay offers a retro-styled tribute to people who leave horrible comments on YouTube videos. 

Very funny, very true - and very rude (much like the source material), it features contributions from Richard Herring and Josie Long, and lines such as "You wished me cancer... and mis-spelled cancer." It has already had more than 150,000 hits, and as Fay reports on her Twitter page, media requests have begun to arrive.

Thank You, Hater video by Clever Pie and Isabel Fay

Helen Lewis is deputy editor of the New Statesman. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is a regular panellist on BBC1’s Sunday Politics.

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.