The way people act and communicate on the internet, specifically Twitter, never ceases to amaze me. The rudeness, as if there aren’t real people behind these Twitter handles, is appalling. We’ve seen it with Rihanna, Chris Brown, Wale, even Jennifer Hudson had to go off on a rude follower.
The latest celebrity on the receiving end of some foolishness was Oprah Winfrey. The day before her birthday, as her interview with Cissy Houston aired, a Next Chapter viewer commented on Oprah’s looks.
It’s one thing if you personally feel Oprah is looking too old for her age. While it wouldn’t be nice, I would even understand if she decided to tweet that thought as she watched “Next Chapter.” What is completely uncalled for though, is that fact that she mentioned or “at-ed” Oprah and hashtagged Next Chapter, making it very easy for her to stumble across it in her mentions. I’m sure @kp1lady was just tweeting with reckless abandon, certain that Oprah would not see and certainly wouldn’t respond to her rudeness. But she did see and she did respond.
It’s not really a tough jab; but considering that Oprah holds herself to a higher standard, this sends a message. Something to the tune of, you were rude and don’t think I won’t call you on it just because I’m Oprah. Personally, if I were kp1lady, I’d be just a little scared right now. Not that she’d necessarily do anything, but everybody knows Oprah is a powerful woman all the world over. It wouldn’t necessarily be smart to insult her for all the internet to see.
Though I can understand why Oprah responded, it might have given this random tweeter a little more exposure than she deserved. Here we are talking about her, along with a ton of other blogs. And the interaction didn’t seem to embarrass her much. In fact, to commemorate the time Oprah communicated with her, she took a screenshot of the interaction and put it on Instagram. So classy.
What do you think about this interaction? Will Oprah’s response teach this tweeter a lesson or will it just encourage her to behave more trollishly on the internet?