Nasty messages threatening and abusing Arrowtown
MasterChef finalists Jaimie Stodler and Bec Stanley were
posted on a TVNZ Facebook page and visible to the public this
The open social media page is followed by more than 33,000
fans of the hit cooking show and is supposed to be moderated
Cyber bullies wrote abusive and threatening messages about
the pair, who last week came second to Maketu sisters Karena
and Kasey Bird.
TVNZ spokeswoman Megan Richards confirmed complaints had been
received and some of the more personal comments were removed.
"The site is moderated and, independently of this issue,
there have already been a number of offensive comments
removed and a handful of people have been blocked from
posting," Richards said.
"We would never condone or allow online bullying or abuse."
Comments included telling Canadian-born Stodler to take "a
one-way ticket back to Canada" and suggested silencing her by
shutting her mouth with "meat glue". Other messages were even
The Herald on Sunday contacted both women but neither would
comment as they had signed confidentiality contracts with the
In an interview last week Stanley said she missed her three
young sons during the three months on the show and was glad
to be back to normal family life. Stodler had returned to her
popular Queenstown sweet store Cup and Cake. Both said they
had great support from their communities.
Richards said the complaints were an unpleasant byproduct of
viewers becoming emotionally invested. "But it's unacceptable
to us and we are doing all we can to actively discourage it,"
The Herald on Sunday alerted TVNZ to some of the messages and
they were removed.