Three-time NRLW premiership Julia Robinson has lashed out at keyboard warriors after receiving vile abuse for her ripped physique on social media.
The 24-year-old Broncos and Queensland star was featured in a since-deleted post on the Brisbane Broncos Facebook page that showed the toned football player training hard ahead of the season opener this weekend.
The sexist comments had a common theme: they implied that she was a man.
It didn’t seem to frighten her, but Robinson was determined to yell the vulgar insults.
Brisbane Broncos NRLW star Julia Robinson has struck out after trolls posted sexist and vulgar comments about her ripped physique.
The 24-year-old took to Instagram to respond to haters who posted vulgar comments on a since-deleted Broncos Facebook post.
“I usually never read social media comments, or let them get to me, however, I just wanted to say that no one should be embarrassed or self-conscious about having muscles,” Robinson posted on his Instagram story.
‘It shows dedication and hard work. I love my muscles. Julia xoxo.’
The response was below a screenshot of some of the worst comments that included statements like, “He’s going to be a good player,” while another wrote “he’s a rig.”
Another pair of comments included a troll writing Robinson “looks like a woman trapped in a man’s body,” while another wrote, “put a man’s head on that body and it’s a man.”
Julia Robinson has won three NRLW premierships with the Broncos, and a war of words with trolls who
Many prominent players, fans and journalists took to social media to show their support for Robinson and condemn the vulgar comments.
Former NRL legend Isaac Luke was one, literally roasting trolls.
‘Wow. Man, this pisses me off. Just because you (sic) look like potatoes and she doesn’t. Post a picture of how you look now and let us ROAST YOU!’ Lucas wrote.
Julia Robinson (right) and her Broncos teammate Shenae Ciesiolka soak up the Queensland sun
He was joined by Wests Tigers star Jackson Hastings, who alluded to the tragic death of football legend Paul Green when he wrote: “What’s wrong with people? Only after this week would you think people [would] check themselves. Kudos to Julia for calling them absolute burger trolls.
The prominent NRL Physio Twitter feed criticized the keyboard warriors, writing, “NRLW players looking fitter and stronger surprisingly is a fantastic thing for the game and just speaks to a growing professionalism.”
Robinson’s NRLW star, prominent Queensland journalist Katie Brown, simply wrote ‘disgusting’, while another prominent football pundit, Brad Walter, said that Robinson, who covered up the names of the trolls, should have ‘named them and embarrassed’.
The 170cm, 73kg winger has won three premierships with the Broncos, and last season he won the club’s managerial award.
Robinson also played for Queensland and Australia, though he only played rugby league for the first time in 2018 after playing netball growing up.
Julia Robinson at the Maroons Women’s Home State Training with Queensland Legend Billy Slater
Robinson has played 13 games in the very short NRLW seasons for the Broncos since making his debut in 2018.
The super-fit soccer star often posts videos of his training on Instagram.
One incredible example showed Robinson not only completing some ridiculously easy pull-ups, but with a 25kg weight plate strapped to her.
His strength would put any sexist keyboard warrior to shame.
Tayla Harris made headlines after an image of her kicking a goal (pictured) was uploaded to Seven’s AFL page on March 18, sparking a storm of sexist comments.
Sadly, female athletes being sexually objectified and subjected to vulgar and sexist comments is nothing new.
AFLW star and boxer Tayla Harris famously made disgusting comments in an award-winning photo of her iconic style of kicking goals in a game.
“My hamstring is fine but the derogatory and sexist comments are not,” she wrote at the time, calling out trolls, as Robinson has.
‘Here is a picture (sic) of me at work. Think of this before your derogatory comments, animals,’ he captioned a Twitter post immediately after.