The Walking Dead Star Josh McDermitt quits social media over death threats

The star deactivated his social media accounts after receiving death threats from angry fans over the actions of his divisive character, pseudo-scientist Eugene Porter.
By Aaron Sims | May 04, 2017
The Walking Dead actor Josh McDermitt has quit social media.

The star deactivated his social media accounts after receiving death threats from angry fans over the actions of his divisive character, pseudo-scientist Eugene Porter.

The American actor divided fans after his introduction to the highly popular AMC show as the hapless but well-meaning Eugene during its fourth season.

But after surviving Negan's beloved baseball bat Lucille at the expense of other, more loved characters, he infuriated the show's fans by pledging his loyalty to The Saviours an army of ruthless killers responsible for their brutal deaths.

And his apparent betrayal midway through the show's seventh season has since caused a faction of viewers to target McDermitt on social media.

The star posted a video on Facebook shortly before deactivating his Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts. In the video, he expressed his frustration at receiving constant abuse and threats.

"Death threats? Don't send me death threats because I'm going to report all the st to the cops. I'm just sick of it," McDermitt said.

McDermitt said that he does not care if fans hate his character, and urged people to stop complaining about everything on the internet.

"Go spend time with your friends, family, or loved ones. Just get off the internet. I love you guys," McDermitt went to say on the video.

While the star is yet to confirm why he decided to quit social media, it is believed that online abuse led to his decision.

Another Walking Dead star to receive criticism is Alanna Masterson, who was targeted by online trolls for shooting her scenes as Tara while heavy with child.

Some trolls labeled her "fat," resulting in a heavy tirade from the actress.

Captioning a shot of her daughter, Alanna wrote: "Dear Instagram trolls, body-shamers, and the men and women who think it's ok to comment on my weight, I hope that you don't have children," she wrote

Alanna added that if the trolls do get kids, she hopes they teach them about kindness and acceptance.

The Walking Dead will return for its eighth season in October this year.

 

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