A Roast is an old American comic tradition. A celebrity sits in a chair and has to silently take a brutal barrage of jokes at their expense, many of which would in everyday life be considered insulting, fired away by a selected group of other celebrities. It is considered a particular way of honoring an individual and the humility to undergo a roast is considered a testament to their character and personality.
The tradition was started in the 1970s by Dean Martin as part of his self-titled variety TV show and has since been applied to the most diverse set of celebrities, from Shaquille O’Neal to Donald Trump. And as with everything else, the internet has its own virtual version of it. And while regular roasts are moderated by a Roastmaster and rules are set in advance regarding taboos and sensitive topics, none of that exists online.
Reddit has subreddit called r/roastme where people volunteer pictures of themselves, willingly asking people in the section to roast them. And, as one would expect, there is not much good-humored stuff there: in fact, most of the posts are brutal, harsh, mean and straight up cruel.
This was recently witnessed by Texas-based model Niece Waidhofer, who voluntarily asked to be submitted to a roast, submitting a selfie to the infamous subreddit.
The beautiful Texan has 104K Instagram followers
She describes herself as having “small/average boobs, extra large personality” on social media
The 26-year-old ended up deleting her Reddit account after the roast, but nevertheless took the Reddit brutality on the chin and with class
One particularly brutal comment read: “Your relationships are superficial. Your romance life always has the shadow of doubt,”
“Before long you’ll look like Donatella Versace with the personality of one of her handbags…you’d be better served working on being a better person than hunting for attention on Reddit,” the roasting went on.
There was someone claiming to be Niece’s ex-boyfriend who also hopped onto the bandwagon and posted some cruel words, but Niece was quick to point out that an ex would probably know how to spell her name properly.
Here’s what the model wrote:
“To the “ex” who posted: It doesn’t sound like we’ve ever met; also you spelled my name wrong… #IbeforeEexceptafterC,” Niece posted.
The rest of the post reads: “Alright guys, let’s have a talk. First of all, don’t worry, I’m all good, no need to send condolences to my family haha. Yes, I did ask for this.”
“Yes, I totally freaked out and deleted my Reddit account; my dumb *** used my Instagram username, and judging by the flood of deeply disturbing/visually [removed] DMs I was getting, I did not want to lead them here. I see you found me anyway. Hi, Reddit!”
“To the people who thought I was just fishing: on r/RoastMe? …wut. Thank you to the majority of commenters, who were actually funny, and thank you to all the nice people who had my back against the people who just got excited about a free pass to use the “c” word. Love you guys,” she wrapped things up.
The trolling attempts seemed to have continued, though, so Niece wrote another post on Instagram after explaining why she deleted her Reddit account.
“Hi you guys, I’m back to feed the trolls because I don’t learn lessons very easily Just wanted to clear a few things up. No need to explain why I deleted the account; that’s in the previous post,” a part of the update reads.
“No hard feelings from my end, all in good fun. Still, love you guys. Again, A+ for trolling skills though. If I sound salty, I promise I’m not, that’s just my texting voice. All in good fun, all in good fun.”
The Texan seemed to have taken everything in good spirits. After all, as she herself said, it was her who asked for it. Who knows, having demonstrated such integrity and a richness in spirit, perhaps the 26-year-old might be recognized with a proper Comedy Central roast one day?