Twitter is an absolutely fun tool! It makes connecting with the world a breeze and access to information is just a tweet away. It also allows us to enter the space of our favourite celebrities, depending on how much they allow us anyway.
Because access to celebrated personalities is made so easy by this platform, unwanted attention is usually the downside that celebrities have to deal with and more especially, the trolls who feel entitled to an opinion on the way these celebrities look and how they live their lives.
A classic example is the troll who sent out the following tweet to Oprah on her birthday yesterday:
I must admit, I thought it was funny at first (hangs head in shame), but it is inappropriate. That is no way to interact with anybody. If you have a negative comment why not keep it to yourself? Or why feel the need to tag the person(s) who will be hurt by it? I’m sure Oprah wouldn’t have seen the tweet had the person not tagged her.
What fuelled the fire, is that she responded to the tweet and that is the part that had me laughing the most. Oprah responding to a negative tweet sounds very far fetched until you actually see the tweet. Pity she has since deleted it.
It wasn’t the first time a twitter troll attacked Mama O. Last year a tweep appealed to Oprah to give back! Obviously the approach wasn’t right:
I have no idea under which rock this person has been living because we all know that Oprah goes the extra mile to give back and most of her efforts are published.
Anyway, this post is much longer than I initially wanted it to be. The bottom line; LET OPRAH GO, YOU TWITTER TROLLS!
Here are some pictures of how I would have responded if I were Oprah (not really, but just for laughs).
“I know you didn’t just call me old…”
“Did you just say I look old?”
“One more tweet from these trolls and I will flip! i am this close…”
“I’m Oprah, honey. Who are you?”
Do you think we are sometimes too harsh on celebrities? Should Oprah have responded to these tweets?
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