Today's news that Belinda Stronach is recuperating from breast cancer after a mastectomy and reconstruction is a jolt. First because it is a terrifying experience for her, second because it is a terrifying prospect for all women (and all the men and children who love them), and third because it proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that she is, after all, a human being just like the rest of us, albeit a very noted person for many reasons.
Some web criticism of public figures is so damned personal and invasive that it is guaranteed to implode when the nature of the target person is revealed to be very human. A lesson to be derived is that harshness of personal criticism is highest amongst the unwise.
In Belinda's case, trash talk has been waaaaay over the top for so long that it is now easily ignored as being... well... trashy. Some of the trash talkers don't want to admit their discomfort in the light of this bad news, so they try to use a "but we didn't know about this back then" excuse as though it will somehow exculpate them. Nope.
It is time to just drop the personal attacks on her. Let her get on with her life. Move on, trash talkers. Nothing left to see here.