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.
<div id="e46e9" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="DG5EY21559350061"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-twitter-tweet-id="882428681653714944" data-partner="rebelmouse"><div style="margin:1em 0">Thank u 2 every person in service 4 protecting all of us and cheers to every person who fought for us to experience freedom & independence 🎉</div> — Kelly Clarkson (@Kelly Clarkson)<a href="https://twitter.com/kellyclarkson/statuses/882428681653714944">1499222367.0</a></blockquote></div><p>Then, out of nowhere, a troll appeared in the tweet's thread (<em>shocking</em>, I know).</p><p><strong>"You're fat,"</strong> user @Euger23 replied — a retort neither patriotic nor relevant, if you ask me.</p><p>Clarkson, who has amassed <a href="https://twitter.com/kelly_clarkson" target="_blank">over 11 million followers</a> 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.</p><p>But Clarkson decided a simple, four-word response would do the trick this time.</p><div id="896c2" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="9NVIJM1559350061"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-twitter-tweet-id="882430011084599296" data-partner="rebelmouse"><div style="margin:1em 0">....and still fucking awesome 😜 https://t.co/LvFgIITaTX</div> — Kelly Clarkson (@Kelly Clarkson)<a href="https://twitter.com/kellyclarkson/statuses/882430011084599296">1499222684.0</a></blockquote></div><h2>"And still fucking awesome," the singer responded. </h2><p class="shortcode-media shortcode-media-rebelmouse-image"><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTUyOTIyOC9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1ODIzMjIzMH0.iwZW8afhCEfZWMhP_wiwIiD7GV0HJEylX7xFupgZdbs/img.gif?width=980" id="d998a" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="4ef8e6f7df90674c66bd1a2e10b30b61" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"><small class="image-media media-caption" placeholder="add caption..."></small></p><p>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.</p><ol class="ee-ol"><li><strong>For starters, don't stoop to their level.</strong> Unless you're a playground bully in first grade, you should know better. </li><li><strong>Make sure you don't perpetuate any harmful messaging. </strong>Clarkson didn't fight back against being called fat because there really wasn't a need to. "Fat" is <a href="https://mic.com/articles/127255/this-activist-perfectly-describes-why-fat-isn-t-a-dirty-word#.SeBjuYWLH" target="_blank">not a dirty word</a>, after all; it's an adjective. Our culture often <a href="http://www.refinery29.com/2017/06/159150/roxane-gay-fat-tweets" target="_blank">weaponizes it as an insult</a> when it shouldn't be.</li><li><strong>And then cap it off with the perfect emoji. </strong>Because nothing says "I'm above your attempt at name-calling" than a tongue-out, winking smiley face.</li></ol><p>As for Clarkson — a happy, chart-topping, <em>literal</em> rockstar of a mom — she'll be just fine.</p><p>"It’s more if I’m happy and I’m confident and feeling good," Clarkson once <a href="http://people.com/bodies/kelly-clarkson-responds-to-body-shaming-tweets/" target="_blank">responded to being body-shamed</a> in 2015. "That’s always been my thing. And more so now, since having a family — I don’t seek out any other acceptance."</p><p>You go, girl.</p><p><em>This post was updated 12/19/2017.</em></p>
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