Solange Says She Quit Instagram Because Internet Trolls Were Disrespecting Her Son And Friends
If you have more than a few friends on social media, I’m sure you’ve encountered quite a few Internet trolls in your time. They come around, hating on everything you do, but yet they come back around every day to hear what you have to say. We’ve dealt with a few of those, but no one deals with them more than celebrities. When they don’t have rabid fans drooling over their pages, they have haters nitpicking at every small thing right and wrong about what they say, wear and do. Solange Knowles had to deal with such negativity online, and she said in an interview with Concrete Loop that forced it her to log off. She logged off to Instagram to be specific, and says that while she can deal with people coming at her crazy, she can’t take it when haters try to take jabs at her friends, and of course, her son, Julez.
“Apart of me kind of turns an eye to it and then apart of me really feels like the humanization of artists has really been stripped down. I think one of the reasons I actually went off of instagram because I was on there for little awhile was because I would post pictures of my son or my friends and they would be criticizing. My whole thing is that I’m completely fully, capable of handling negativity for myself, but to put that kind of access to negativity behind people who didn’t ask for that was really troubling to me.”
However, she does know of the positive perks of social media, saying that when she was at a major label that didn’t want to promote her work, she took to social media like Twitter to get the word out:
“I put this album out that was completely and wholly a body of work that I was super proud of. But then, on the marketing side of things, the promotional side of things, I was having a daily fight on every decision… and so Twitter was really resourceful for me, because I was able to sort of supply that stuff directly, and I think that was a real turning point in my career, when people were able to get access to who I was and what my interests are and how I spoke.”
I really dig Solange. She’s very big on putting family first over being the center of attention, yet she still gets love for her style and carving out her own lane. What do you think of what she had to say about the ups and downs of social media?