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It started with a perfectly pleasant Fourth of July tweet.

Singer Kelly Clarkson honored America's birthday by giving a shoutout to U.S. service members fighting the good fight.


Then, out of nowhere, a troll appeared in the tweet's thread (shocking, I know).

"You're fat," user @Euger23 replied — a retort neither patriotic nor relevant, if you ask me.

Clarkson, who has amassed over 11 million followers on the social media platform, attracts trolls left and right. She has much better things to do than respond to every last Joe Schmo who clearly needs a hobby or two.

But Clarkson decided a simple, four-word response would do the trick this time.

"And still fucking awesome," the singer responded.

Clarkson honestly just low-key gave the internet a master class in how to respond to trolls. So grab a pen and paper, and keep these three pointers in mind the next time you're needlessly harassed online.

  1. For starters, don't stoop to their level. Unless you're a playground bully in first grade, you should know better.
  2. Make sure you don't perpetuate any harmful messaging. Clarkson didn't fight back against being called fat because there really wasn't a need to. "Fat" is not a dirty word, after all; it's an adjective. Our culture often weaponizes it as an insult when it shouldn't be.
  3. And then cap it off with the perfect emoji. Because nothing says "I'm above your attempt at name-calling" than a tongue-out, winking smiley face.

As for Clarkson — a happy, chart-topping, literal rockstar of a mom — she'll be just fine.

"It’s more if I’m happy and I’m confident and feeling good," Clarkson once responded to being body-shamed in 2015. "That’s always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family — I don’t seek out any other acceptance."

You go, girl.

This post was updated 12/19/2017.

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Vauhxx Booker, a civil rights activist from Bloomington, Indiana, claims that a group of white men threatened to lynch him during an altercation on July 4 near Lake Monroe, but he was saved by onlookers who intervened.

Video taken during the incident shows he was held down by a group of men who pinned him to a tree in a wooded area. Booker says that while he was being held down, the men threatened to break his arms, repeatedly said "get a noose," and told his friends to leave the area.

The men later let him go after being confronted by onlookers who gathered at the scene.

The incident began, according to Booker, when he and his friends were making their way to the lake to see the lunar eclipse when a white man on an ATV told them they were trespassing. When Booker and his friends continued to walk to the lake, the man on the ATV and his friends allegedly shouted "white power" at them, which is when things turned violent.

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