Last week while I was doing some after Christmas shopping with my two kids, my phone was buzzing with news that singer Chris Brown was having a beef with former R&B B2k group member Raz B. I am sure by now you all know how it went down as it has been documented on every gossip site known to man. I won’t rehash the information here, but Raz B basically came at Chris with a Rihanna comment which sent the volatile singer over the edge. It was pretty much back and forth after that.
This is not the first time celebrities have had run-ins on Twitter. Most of the time, they are deleted as quickly as they appear, like it’s not possible for their tweets to be screen captured for posterity. Twitter is a wonderful avenue for entertainers to share their worlds with their fans and followers, but sometimes they seem to get caught up in the moment with foolishness.
John Mayer, Asher Roth, 50 Cent, Chris Brown, and more all have inserted their foot in mouth on the social network. And even after their PR finally puts a muzzle on them and the tweets are deleted (or it is announced that their account had been hacked), the damage is usually done.
R&B soul singer Jazmine Sullivan became the latest entertainer to fall into the foot-in-mouth-syndrome trap last evening when she announced via Twitter that she was leaving the music business.
Here are the captures of her tweets by GyantUnplugged:
Less than an hour later, the tweets miraculously disappeared from her timeline, as I am sure she was spoken to by management who didn’t think making an announcement of that magnitude was the right thing to do on Twitter.
I personally do not follow many celebrities online because the mystique becomes flawed. After learning how a person really and truly is, it turns me off. I’d rather remember an artist by their music, films, or body of work and not their woe is me updates that seem indulgent and selfish at times.
I often wonder if any of these celebrities have a PR person that handles their pages—this would be a lot better than having the artist fighting back and forth with another artist or announcing their retirement preemptively online.
So much for the muzzle…