Cyber Bullying 2.0: The Stan, The Troll & The Celebrity Antagonist
Somewhere off in cyber world the celebrity stan and the cyber bully got busy and had a baby. What they gave birth to took on the persistent and stalker-like characteristics of the die-hard stan and the relentless aggressiveness and cruelness of the cyber bully. Their offspring is known as the celebrity antagonist. The celebrity antagonist is the new and improved cyber bully who strictly targets those with fame. Their weapons of choice are normally social networking platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook; however, in recent news they’ve become a little more crafty and have even begun branching out to platforms such as Change.org so that they can also start mean-spirited petitions against celebrities as well. It is through these social networking platforms that these lunatics publicly taunt and harass their celeb of choice.
Now, I’ll admit I have gotten a chuckle or two in the past from seeing smart or comedic remarks directed at certain celebs that have come across my Twitter timeline, but there are some people who are downright cruel. The most recent hateful act was targeted towards actress Tia Mowry – Hardrict and her one-year old son Cree. Going out of your way to publicly verbally abuse a new mother by attacking her innocent child and calling him ugly is absolutely ridiculous. Another similar situation that comes to mind is when a photo surfaced of Dream Hampton’s teen daughter with Beyonce prior to one of her concerts. Twitter and Tumblr users wasted no time taking shots at the young girl’s appearance. “These are early 20 something Beyonce stans coming for my teenager,” Hampton tweeted in disbelief before disabling her Twitter and Tumblr accounts. What makes this so much worse is that they were attacking a teen girl who is old enough to comprehend what was being said about her. Being a person who knows what it is like to struggle with self-esteem issues, I found this to be absolutely horrible.
The funny thing is that cyber bullying has no loyalty, no one is safe. Well known bullies can catch it as well. Right now the queen bully, Evelyn Lozada seems to be getting a taste of her own antagonistic medicine as a direct result of her recent domestic dispute with soon to be ex-hubby Chad Ochocino. Her Twitter mentions have been overflowing with derogatory tweets ever since the news of her falling out with Chad made headlines. Eric Williams, ex-hubby of Ev’s ex-bff even seems to have joined in on the playground-like taunting by tweeting Evelyn about them having head knots in common now(If you guys recall the season before last Ev frequently joked Eric’s protruding head knot). Many feel that she deserves exactly what she’s getting. I am certainly not an Evelyn fan but I personally feel that bullying is not cool no matter who does it or who it is being done to. I also feel that taunting someone during their time of distress is outright cruel.
Let us not forget about malevolent petition that was put in motion to get Ciara to stop making music. There is nothing that can ever stop an artist from putting out music unless they no longer possess the physical ability to do it anymore. That only goes to show that the petition was created for no other reason than to intentionally disgrace and hurt the feelings of another person. Celebrities are nothing but well known people. They bleed like us. They feel like us. They cry like us. They hurt like us. The behavior exhibited towards them on social networks is disgusting. What can possibly be gained from hiding behind an internet persona and intentionally insulting people that you don’t even know? I understand that it is easy to get caught up in the whole mob mentality thing. I understand that there is a disconnect because we don’t personally know these people, but where is our morality as a culture?
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