Beyond the curated and sponsored posts, we also get a sense of who they are as “real” people. Hence, becoming more relatable to their fans. However, this is also where their downfall lies if they’re not careful.
It’s easy to excuse these instances as mere jokes, that maybe Isabelle has a dark humor that we may not know about. This was also the same issue when Blake Shelton’s old homophobic and racist tweets resurfaced. He apologized and labeled his humor as simply “inappropriate and immature” but not “hateful.”
Celebs like them should always remember that they’re public figures who’ll be scrutinized every day. Most especially when they put their offensive words and actions on social media for all the world to see.
It’s not their fault that their intimate photos or videos got leaked. (See: “The Fappening“) However, you can never be too careful with things like this. The tech generation is scary, and hackers will find ways to ruin anyone.
There are times when I would just think, “Can they just stop posting sh*t altogether to avoid trouble?” Then again, social media is our window to their normal lives. If we use Twitter and Instagram to share our “perfect” lives (picture-wise, at least), celebs are somehow the other way around. And we can’t take that away from them.
“While some celebrities sit comfortably at the surface level, simply promoting their newest trailer or sharing the latest selfie, others use such outlets for far deeper expression, whether it be commenting on a social issue affecting the country, reacting to their own public criticism or, in the most extreme cases, giving fans a play-by-play of their breakup just as it’s unfolding,” E! News writes.
What every celebrity can do is be more responsible with what they share online. We’re always reminded to think before posting, and it’s important to remember that now since netizens will always have receipts.
They’re influencers for a reason and their reach extends to so many. What they say and/or do publicly (or in private) will affect people. So might as well be mindful. Or you know, hire a social media consultant or a community manager to oversee everything.