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Should Celebrities Be Able To Name And Shame?

1 Comment 23 September 2014

A few days ago I had the pleasure to go to a Kanye West concert. I had the ultimate privilege to be able to sit and listen to one of his famous rants. He said:

“Tonight I ain’t gonna say your name out loud but I better see them emails in the morning apologising. You got the email from both publicists, so you know exactly who I’m talking about. And you retweeted that bullsh&* so you know exactly who I’m talking about. So I’m gonna tell you tonight — coz we got two shows — so we better get on the phone tomorrow morning.”

This rant got me thinking should celebrities be able to name and shame people simply for retweeting something? Why shouldn’t they? They are only people. But think about it this way. Celebrities have a social responsibility to act with a certain duty of care. There is an obligation when being famous as your actions will have an impact on the general public.

The singer Ciara early last year lost her temper and lashed out at a fan who was harassing her online. After the Twitter follower blasted Ciara for doing “old” dance moves and for lacking curves, the songstress called the twitter follower out. However she then noticed her error in stooping down to the woman’s level and she quickly deleted her post and sent fans a message about cyber bullying.

“Cyber bullying is not cool,” Ciara said. “Sometimes you want to go off when people say mean things about you, it’s like what’s the point?”, she added. This is one of the examples of a celebrity taking initiative for an action. But in the world of Hollywood, fans aren’t necessarily going to get such a nice response.

In May last year, Rihanna put an Instagram follower on blast after they posted a picture of her battered face and thanked Chris Brown for giving her a “sit down” moment. Rihanna retaliated by sicking her fans on the social media troll and comparing her to a goat. Rihanna didn’t apologise for her actions and the Instagram follower has been receiving death threats and since terminated her account.

Another singer Sia used the power of fans to destroy her dry cleaner’s reputation. She used her 465,000 Twitter fans to get her revenge. This July a New York dry cleaner told the Pop star “‘I been taken to small claim court many time, don’t try to scare me, my insurance pay for lawyer, you no win,’” when she complained about the dry cleaning mishap.

The Aussie pop star decided the “Best suggestion” was to “write ridiculous terrible reviews” on the dry cleaner’s Yelp business page. Yelp reviews ranged from punny, dramatic and very dramatic to the point that one dead person came back to write a Yelp review. “I was murdered here. Would not recommend,” the Yelp review stated. Another faux fax review called the shop “laundry Nazis.”

Since Yelp’s Terms of Service stated that reviews should be based on personal experience and not from angry fans, the website had to remove the bad reviews fuelled from Sia’s tweets. The dry cleaners have since apologised and have suffered a dramatic turndown in business.

Celebrities do have a responsibility to act with a certain decorum. There is an obligation when being famous to understand that your actions will have an influence on the public. Whether they like it or not they do have a duty of care on how they address particular problems and situations.


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  1. Michael says:

    Sia is soooo hypercritical. She says she hates stardom yet she abuses it like this?

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