New transgender reality star gets ambushed by death threats (VIDEO)
Being an Internet celebrity comes with a definite dark side.
And for a transgender celeb, it's even darker, as shown on Wednesday's episode of I Am Jazz, a new reality show following the life of transgender teen Jazz Jennings.
In a clip from the episode, 14-year-old Jazz is showing her brothers, Sander and Griffin, some of her YouTube videos. Some of the videos have racked up nearly 200,000 views, along with hundreds of comments. The three siblings start reading through the comments left by viewers.
"I'm pretty sure everything there is to know about me has been written online, whether it's in comments or articles or anything," Jazz says to the camera. "I think some of these people know more about me than I know about myself."
The comments start off pretty harmless. One commenter tells Jazz that it isn't "natural" to have to shave her legs as often as she does. The next one is a little more harsh.
"Sad that the devil is tricking you into believing that you are meant to be a girl," Jazz reads aloud from the screen.
As she continues down the screen and reads more comments, they get darker and darker.
"This individual is a man," another commenter writes. "There's no such thing as transgender. That word is something made up to make homosexuality sound like something good and better than what it really is."
Sander interjects, "I think we're done reading these."
But Jazz's face falls as she begins to read the next comment: "Someone please shoot it, if not I'm going to kill it myself and make it die a horrible, painful death."
Sander asks, "Is 'it' referring to you?" and Jazz nods.
In an interview, Griffin says to the camera, "I didn't think anybody could be so cruel, to say that they would shoot my sister. That's insane."