I Know It Seems Cool, But Celebrity Shaming Is REALLY Lame

Justin Bieber/Confident
Justin Bieber/Confident ft. Chance The Rapper

Anyone that knows me knows that I am a huge fan of entertainment news. Call me crazy, but it’s kind of exhilarating to read all about the drama that happens in the world of the rich and famous. But lately, I have noticed a trend that I am not a big fan of at all. It seems as if every other article, post, tweet and comment is someone saying something unnecessarily hateful towards somebody else.

In the past week I have read comments telling One Direction’s Liam Payne to  “go die” because he watches Duck Dynasty, blog articles about how “hopefully Ke$ha never gets out of rehab” because “the world is better without her,” tweets thanking God that Justin Bieber was arrested because “he’s shit anyways” and Facebook status rants about how “goddamn ugly” Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s baby is.

Maybe I’m just really sensitive, but reading things like this literally make me feel as if I’m going to vomit.

When did our society reach a point where we all feel so immune to repercussion and so insensitive to the struggles we all face that we actually think it’s okay to continuously and shamelessly post on the World Wide Web such hateful things about one another?!

That’s my burning question.

I think it’s time we all sit back and have a little reminder that LIFE IS REALLY HARD FOR EVERYONE THAT IS LIVING IT. Having a large bank account or a lot of Twitter followers or 100 pairs of shoes does not make this whole living thing any easier.

If you are a human, you are going to stumble. You are going to fall. You are going to make mistakes. You are going to say things you don’t mean. You are going to end up in places you shouldn’t be in. You are going to mess up. It’s inevitable.

I might not be speaking from personal experience, but I’d be willing to bet that living is a hell of a lot more difficult when you have 48,974,714 people sitting there waiting to critique and comment on every single thing that you do.

I think we have become so used to being bombarded with photos and articles about socialites and singers and actresses that we have forgotten that we don’t know these people in real life. We have no idea what private battles they are fighting behind locked doors. We are in no position to judge them when we are only able to know the half of the story that the media is selling to us (and, if we’re being honest with ourselves, even that half of the story has already been twisted).

If you don’t like a celebrity or you don’t agree with what they say or do or believe or practice, just leave them alone! Click the unfollow buttons on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Stop reading the articles written about them. Stop searching their name on Google when you get bored at work. The only reason they are famous is because people like you give them attention. Start separating yourself from them instead of consuming yourself with hiding behind a screen typing as fast as your little fingers let you every single negative remark you can think of.

I know it seems cool and really funny. But, these are real people’s lives you are talking about. If you wouldn’t tweet the girl you went to high school with about how ugly her baby is, why do you feel the need to let Kim know? If anything, you end up looking really stupid because you are letting every single one of your Twitter followers know there is absolutely nothing more interesting going on in your life.

Maybe it’s time you reconsider what you’re doing with your life. Maybe if you spent less time on the internet expressing every negative opinion you have ever thought and start spending more time bettering yourself and the world around you, you could be the celebrity people pay attention to. Maybe then you could use that influence to better the world and give people something to REALLY talk about – something that will make a real impact, something fruitful, something that will move mountains, something that will last, something that people will talk about in every history class for hundreds of years.

Have you ever thought that maybe, just maybe, if you spent more time giving YOURSELF some constructive criticism, you could be the person that people are tweeting about at the end of the day? But, this time you’ll be SO good, they won’t have anything bad to say. Thought Catalog Logo Mark

More From Thought Catalog