Enter the Twitter-Dome
For those of you who are not as social media-y or pop culture-y as myself and those like me, then you have probably missed the recent drama between Kelly Osbourne and Lady Gaga. To give everyone the Sparknotes version, Kelly Osbourne apparently already didn’t like Lady Gaga and the anger was only fueled by the fact that Lady Gaga wished Kelly “Happy Birthday” via a cake she gave to her mom, Sharon. So this sparked a gargantuan Twitter feud that has created an assortment of hastags and bucket-loads of drama (See Exhibit A).
Now Twitter feuds is not a new thing. Since the beginning of Twitter (which I love how I just phrased that like Twitter was around back during the Revolutionary War), feuds have been had and shade has been thrown. For example…
1) Amanda Bynes v. The World: I feel like my grandparents know who Amanda Bynes is. And mind you they are pretty aware of pop culture, but still… everyone knows the current problems related to Hurricane Amanda. Part of her ridiculous tailspin of a life is her constant tweets telling people they are fat, ugly, unnecessary to life, stupid… imagine all the things that 5th grade girls wrote notes about… but broadcast to a bunch of followers.
2) Most of Perez Hilton: I’m going to be real; I don’t get Perez Hilton. I just don’t get why he is famous or what the appeal is there. But that is a completely different topic. What I do get… or at least observe… is his obsession with drama on Twitter. Hilton has had his own run in with Bynes but has also made multiple posts about other celebrities and his less than positive feelings about them. Please just see the tweet about will.i.am. He literally asks for someone to send the cops to his hotel… and it says his tweets were sent from his phone. Is calling not allowed?
3) The Lohans: This is perhaps the most perfect example of what I’m trying to demonstrate. Michael and Dina Lohan, the parents of sort-of-broken-down-but-still-kind-of-recovering child star, fought about the details of Lindsay’s recovery. The fight was written in an incredibly conversational tone, as if they were simply communicating one-on-one, except that the whole world could see it.
Here is my point: Why are Twitter feuds ok? I guess the question isn’t even why are they ok? Rather why do we allow them as a part of our society? The fact is these are simply celebrities way of communicating drama in a way to encourage discussion between fans and drum up publicity. Well that was what I first thought? Obviously that’s the case when suddenly a celebrity has issues with everyone on planet Earth the weeks leading up to their album release. But then you get people like the Lohans and Amanda Bynes. They aren’t really promoting anything. The only real explanation, apart from an unexplainable desire to be on the front page of TMZ (only to then tweet about how unhappy you are that the paparazzi is digging into your life), is that these people don’t know how to communicate effectively and correctly. You don’t need to tell everyone that you have a problem with someone? You know what normal people do? They individually and privately confront the person. So why is it that we, as members of the marketplace, endure countless feuds between people that we don’t know, about situations that we don’t really understand? I for one am much more interested in reading tweets about people buying a new puppy or wondering what color they should dye their hair. And let us never, ever, forget this gem:
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