Did it make you mad? Did you want to go adjust someone's attitude?
Think about the last malicious gossip you heard about yourself.
Don't you WISH people would just come to you and get the truth?
Now that I have you riled up and bent in several directions...
How many times have you spread rumors about someone?
Ooooo. That sound I just heard musta been your toes breaking as I stepped all over 'em.
Rather than spread rumors, why doncha do one of two things?
1) Keep yo damfool mouf shut.
2) Keep yo damfool mouf shut.
You already admitted you want people to stop gossiping about you. You already admitted you want people to come and ask you about the truth.
Do the right thing. As we learned in Kindergarten, "do unto others as you want them to do to you."
Meantime, let the liars say what they will. You won't stop them. The mill doth grind.
The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones. William Shakespeare