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Since we’re being real – You’re not a celebrity

October 22, 2012
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“Let’s be honest… our celebs are really just Twitter celebrities on a larger scale – relevant on Twitter and irrelevant off.”

Wikipedia defines the term ‘Celebrity’ as this; A celebrity is a person who has a prominent profile and commands a great degree of public fascination and influence in day-to-day media. The term is synonymous with wealth (commonly denoted as a person with fame and fortune), implied with great popular appeal, prominence in a particular field, and is easily recognized by the general public.

It seems that South Africa’s definition of a celebrity differs vastly from the Wikipedia definition, in a way that a lot of people who seem to be called celebs are truly irrelevant. It also seems as though the general public couldn’t care less about anything that they say and do. I don’t know if it’s just me, but lately I’m just getting sick and tired of SA celebs (and I use this term loosely) trolling around like they’re better than every other person walking the face of the earth.

There’s a certain level of arrogance coming from a lot of our country’s celebs, acting like we have to agree with everything they do and say, as if our opinions are irrelevant because we don’t have 20 thousand plus followers on Twitter. A lot of these so called celebs think they’re bigger than they actually are, forgetting that they’re only “famous” in South Africa, and some of them are only celebs because they were friends with other celebs or went around building their socialite status.

But the thing is this, a lot of these so called celebs act holier than thou in person and on twitter – like if we don’t agree with what they say – we’ll end up blocked. This leads me to wonder why they haven’t learnt that on Twitter we’re all equals. Even if there are levels between celebs, twitter celebs and “regular” twitter folk; they still need to learn a few things.  You’re making moves by promoting clubs then want to be on this whole ‘I’m a celebrity therefore I’m this ish’ tip. For your information, anybody can tweet about events and become popular as well as get paid for it; it’s called advertising and online brand management. People can charge for that, but it takes one hell of a person to make power moves that’ll make them a force to be reckoned with in and out of South Africa.

You’re on Twitter to promote your work, we’re on Twitter to share opinions and interact with different people, to make jokes and laugh at jokes, and see if we can learn something from interacting with strangers online; not to see you re-tweeting negative comments about yourself just because you’re so thirsty for mentions and relevance. Interact with your “fans” and stop acting like a douche.  Let’s be honest… our celebs are really just Twitter celebrities on a larger scale – relevant on Twitter and irrelevant off.

So please, keep your “I’m better than you”-type attitudes for people who have time to “kiss your ass”. The rest of us have other things to focus on.

Thank me later.

Written by: @s2angel_88

1 Comments

  1. I gotta agree with you here Lerato, thus I love me some @MoNeOa. She as an up and coming musician interacts with her fans and I’m yet to see her CHOOSE to RT/ReTweet a negative comment, she only responds to positivity. I hope she grows in stature from this.