The great thing about social media is it gives people a chance to interact one-on-one with their favorite artist or celebrity. The bad thing about social media is it gives a people a chance to bombard and antagonize an artist or a celebrity, sometimes to the point of bullying. These stars decided to silence the critics by (temporarily) deleting their social networking accounts.
Nicki Minaj has a legion of fans on twitter who are devoted to the “Pills N Potions” rapper. But back in 2012, she had to say goodbye to her Barbz on social media after one of her fan sites got a hold of some of her unreleased music and posted it online. Minaj was so upset she got into a twitter spat with numerous fans then deleted her account altogether. But that did not last long and soon the Young Money princess was back to tweeting.
CeeLo Green dubbed himself the ladies’ killer because he’s so charming, but in 2012 that name came back to haunt him when a woman accused him of slipping ecstasy in her drink and she woke naked in his room with no recollection of the night. Prosecutors declined to press charges due to a lack of evidence and apparently that gave the Goodie Mob member the green light to get on twitter to say that someone who was really raped would have remembered it. Of course his fans were in an uproar over his insensitive comments and the “Forget You” singer deleted the offending tweet before axing his account altogether.
Kid Cudi’s brooding song “Day N Night” helped him become a rap star overnight and fans of his music know that the Ohio native’s lyrics are flush with dark thoughts. So back in 2009, Cudi decided to delete his @imcudi account because he wanted to keep his thoughts to himself. But three years later, he returned to the social networking site a different man. And with a different twitter handle.
Chris Brown caught a lot of flack for beating up his ex-girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009. But the “Don’t Judge Me” singer thought he put all of that behind him after trying to rehabilitate his image. But a female comedian reminded him of his assault at the end of 2012 after he posted a photo of himself on twitter with the caption that he looked very old. Jenny Johnson responded and said being a piece of crap can age you but she used a more graphic word. Brown wasted no time going in on Johnson and called her everything but her legal name. Following his barrage of tweets, he deleted his account but that did not last long.
Despite having numerous hits under his belt, uber producer The-Dream tried to work his magic on Ciara’s career. He produced her hit song “Ride” but he took some shots at her stalled career in an interview and her fans did not appreciate that one bit. His twitter account became flooded with comments from Ciara’s fans — so much so that The-Dream decided to delete his account to silence all of the backlash.
NBA baller J.R. Smith’s profile has skyrocketed after joining the New York Knicks. Coming off of the bench to give the team a much-needed spark, Smith was named the Sixth Man of the Year for the 2012-2013 season. But before he was getting all of the attention for his efforts on the court, Smith also received some negative attention because of his twitter account. After reading his tweets, many accused him of having gang ties because he would routinely replace his “C’s” with “K’s,” something that members of the Bloods frequently do. In response to being accused of being a gang member, Smith deleted his account.
Mashonda Tifrere thought she found the man of her dreams when she got together with Swizz Beatz. They married back in 2004 but their union wouldn’t last and many accused R&B singer Alicia Keys of being a homewrecker by coming in between the two. Mashonda must’ve felt the same was as well because she took to twitter and addressed their affair in a series of tweets. After she got everything off of her chest, the one-time reality show star deleted her entire account.
Kat Stacks made a name and some change for herself by bedding low-profile rappers and athletes then running back and telling the world exactly what went down blow by blow. So it’s safe to say that she has gotten under the skin of a lot of celebs. One of them was Carmelo Anthony. The New York Knicks superstar took to his twitter account and ordered a hit on Stacks after she tweeted about him and his wife. Melo offered five grand to anyone who would send him footage slapping the celebrity groupie. He immediately deleted his account after putting a bounty on her head.
NBA star Brandon Jennings probably did not being left with egg on his face. Back when he was playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, Jennings got into a war of words via twitter with fellow basketball player Jordan Farmar. Things got heated between the two. That is until Jennings found out the man he was feuding with was really an imposter. He was so embarrassed about going back and forth with a fraud that he deleted his entire account.
Soulja Boy made a ton of money with his song “Crank That” and the accompanying dance. But despite having the number one ringtone in the country, the young star has never been applauded for his lyrical content or superb rhyming skills. In fact, he’s been routinely trashed on twitter over his music. Back in 2010, the “Turn My Swag On” rapper was so fed up with the negative comments that he decided to delete his twitter account. Temporarily.
Tila Tequila’s claim to fame was her dating reality show “A Shot at Love with Tequila.” Although she danced around the outskirts of celebrity, the pint-sized former model may not have the thick skin one would need to survive Hollywood. Back in 2010, she decided to delete her twitter account because of the negative feedback she got from her followers. But her absence from social media didn’t last long. Soon she was back and has used her account to talk about everything from her supposed miscarriage to illuminati conspiracy theories.
Alec Baldwin has spent decades in the entertainment industry and has starred in numerous film and television projects. But none of his work has gotten as much attention as what he does off of a set. Back in 2011, Baldwin made headlines after becoming so engrossed playing Word with Friends while waiting for his flight to take off even after a flight attendant told him to put his phone away. He got kicked off of the flight and took to twitter to bash American Airlines. And then he deleted his account.
There are a lot of reasons why a celebrity would delete their twitter accounts, but when it comes to Kobe Bryant many were left scratching their heads. Back in 2011, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar joined twitter and amassed 35,000 followers in no time. But three hours later, he deleted his page for no reason. The Black Mamba eventually rejoined the world of social media by reactivating the account.