Dear Celebrities, Stop Hitting “Send”
by Staff Editor
Remember a time where if two people had an issue with each other, they would meet face-to-face to settle it? Or if someone was talking bad about you, you would pick up the phone to call them privately, instead of blasting them on social media? Yeah, those were the days. These days, however? Things have changed for the worst, and our beloved celebrities are at the forefront of the issue.
Beefing on social media is a form of career suicide and it sets you up to be attacked from all angles from those who aren’t even involved. Just ask Azalea Banks – it’s currently her vs. everybody and that’s because of her social media antics. The spotlight is less on the music – that is actually worth giving a listen – and 100% on what snarky comment she said to John or Jane Doe.
Even someone as influential as Rihanna made herself look foolish a while back when she engaged in a Twitter feud with Teyana Taylor. Sure, it was funny when Ri Ri made her cover photo a side-by-side screenshot of her celebrity net worth versus Teyana’s, which was noticeably different in Rihanna’s favor. But for those who were laughing at the jokes, there were just as many people laughing at Rihanna and Teyana in general for even engaging in a social media beef. It’s wack.
So, how do we stop this social media debacle? Three simple words: Stop. Hitting. Send.
The infamous “tweet and delete” method has become quite popular too, where someone will say something on Twitter that they quickly regret, leading them to deleting the evidence as quick as possible. Guess what, world….that doesn’t always work! Have you seen how quick the trolls are these days? If you don’t delete a tweet within seconds of tweeting it, there’s at least one person in the Twittersphere who has already grabbed a legitimate screenshot of your weak actions and reposted it to the world. You aren’t that slick.
Besides, isn’t it safe to say that one of the biggest accolades of becoming a celebrity is the amount of access you have to people? Well, for every single notable Twitter beef as of late from Kid Cudi and Lupe Fiasco to Amber Rose and Khloe Kardashian, there’s one common factor – they all have access to each other in real life. So I ask Cudi and Lupe and Amber and Khloe: why does it have to be done online for the world to see? Don’t all of you have mutual friends who can make a meet-up a reality? We need answers, Sway.
Now to be clear, I’m not promoting violence to any degree. In fact, that’s even dumber than fighting on social media. But what’s not dumb is standing up for yourself, protecting your image and sustaining your respect. The best way to do that when there’s an issue? Get your manager on the phone with your enemy’s manager, connect the call, and talk it out for as long as you need to. Or, civilly meet in person and talk it out like mature adults. The worst way? Hop on www.Twitter.com and air out your dirty laundry for the entire world to see. It’s awkward, stupid and meaningless.
Celebs, set the right example for our youth and do us all a favor – stop hitting send.