Yesterday I found out that a college friend broke up with her boyfriend because she caught him cheating. I also found out that a high school classmate is having a hard time collecting child support payments from her ‘no good baby daddy’ (her words not mine). I found out all of these details in less than 10 minutes, via Twitter, a resource that has become a gossip column, a therapist, and a local newspaper, all in one. But we everyday people aren’t the only ones guilty of sharing intimate thoughts and details of our lives. From celebrities like Kanye West’s thought provoking tweets to some of your favorite celebrities’ Twitter beefs, our culture has become social media-manic; are we exposing just a tad too much of ourselves?
The latest celebrity culprit of social media overexposure is Kanye West. Over the weekend, we found out how vulnerable West really is as he revisited the situation that happened a year ago at the MTV VMAs with country music singer Taylor Swift. No one can forget when West snatched the microphone from the country music sweetheart as she went to accept her award. West proceeded to express that he thought Beyonce should have won over Taylor. On Saturday, West finally expressed his sincerest apology, and a little bit more.
-”I’ve hurt, I’ve bled, I’ve learned. I only want to do good. I am passionate I am human I am real. I wish I could meet every hater.”
-”I wish I could talk to every hater face to face and change there [sic] opinion of me one conversation at a time.”
-”I wish they all knew how much I really cared about music and pop culture and art and peoples [sic] feelings.”
-”I wish they could accept that I’ve grown and only want to do good for the world. I want to help as many people as I can.”
West then tweeted that in order for him to win back the hearts and minds of the masses, he must begin with a public apology.
“I’m sorry Taylor,” tweeted West on Saturday.
While West showed his vulnerable and quite intelligent side, some celebrities have been more obnoxious and let’s just say, less intelligent via social media.
Gone are the days when we actually had to read about celebrities through major media outlets and only got a ‘glimpse’ into their real lives. From the beef to the breakups, celebrities have shown their ‘human’ side by airing dirty laundry, hostile emotions, and everything else via Twitter. Now we’re bombarded with raw emotions and feelings. But are they, like many of us, exposing too much of themselves to our ‘friends and followers’?