Social media is a double edged sword, it could make your career or be the demise of it. It’s rare to see trials and tribulations of an artist or public figure on the ‘gram or worded in an eloquent 140 characters. If we do see any problems or issues, it’s always attached to a inspirational quote of “hard work pays off” or “without struggle there is no progress” type of situation. Minus the social media beefs that add the entertainment to our timelines, we don’t see too much vulnerability. We only see things at surface value as these celebrities and even our own friends filter their lives with noteworthy moments in exchange for a thumbs up or a heart. Granted, there is nothing wrong with that, heck I strategically plan my posts as well – branding is an important part of the game. But with the recent events that unfolded the other night on Kehlani’s Instagram and the dark thoughts that Iggy Azalea mentioned she had on a radio interview this past week, we see how much one can be affected by situations that arise from social media.
Hateful comments from internet trolls to the media’s a skewed take on leaked personal issues, we live in a society where we have grown accustomed to making snap judgements on clickbait headlines or words formed in the first sentence of an article. Investigative reporting should not only be a Journalist’s job. We too should hold ourselves accountable if we decided to speak our mind on a subject.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and the spotlight always comes with the celebrity territory but we should remember that they are only human, a layer of thick skin can still be broken. Celebrity or not no one deserves to be ridiculed to a point where they feel that they are worthless and become emotionally distraught. I know this article won’t be the savior to these issues but it can serve as a reminder to society to think twice before leaving such comments or making assumptions based on little to no facts.