The State of Twitter Address: Sending Hate Over the Internet Isn’t Cute

Hi, I’d like to tell you all a story so gather round with a cup o’ coffee and let’s begin.

Once upon a time I was a young seventh grader who didn’t know who she was and had a bit too much anger and apathy than she knew what to do with. I liked a lot of things/people, but I also disliked a lot of things/people as everyone does. Well, when I was really young and immature. And I had a very strong disliking for Rebecca Black.

For whatever reason I had at the time, I thought it would be a good idea to send her two hate tweets. And I just remember the tweets I sent gnawing at my conscious and I couldn’t get them out of my head. I don’t remember what I said in the first, but I do remember the second and I still feel bad about it. But after being the sender of hate (and deeply regretting it) I don’t understand how anyone could take pride in sending hate or starting hateful trends (and blaming another fandom for it).

Last night, Liam Payne of One Direction tweeted this in support of the Duck Dynasty crew:

And many people, including Youtuber Tyler Oakley, took great offense to it due to the things that Phil Robertson has outwardly said against homosexuality.

Now being a bisexual teen myself, of course I took slight offense to what Liam said at first. I mean, Phil compared homosexuality to bestiality. But then I took a step back and realized:

  • He tweeted Willie, not Phil.
  • He never said anything about their views on homosexuality.
  • The Robertson’s have a very profitable business and always stick together as a family and Liam made it very obvious in a deleted tweet that family is very important to him.
  • A few hours after he had tweeted this and the hate started to pour in, his sister tweeted a fan telling them that he knew nothing about what Phil Robertson had said and he had watched tv for the first time in 3 years. And then these two tweets were the most heartbreaking:

  • This whole thing was blown out of proportion

So I didn’t take offense to it. I mean, he was just watching a show and even if I disagree with his opinions, I wouldn’t become any less of a fan. Jake Bugg, another artist I’m a big fan of, spoke out against boy bands and One Direction and what they stand for an I’m still a huge fan because opinions like this don’t affect me at all.

Ultimately, I think Tyler just went a little overboard and was acting out of emotion and not rationalizing a bit. I mean, why in the world would Liam, who has over 15 million followers, tweet about support someone who is avidly against lgbts (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) when he obviously knows he has a lot of lgbt fans?

Now, the point of this post was sending hate and death threats to either party is ridiculous. Hell, sending death threats to anyone is ridiculous. Both Liam and Tyler are human and are affected by hate, it’s not like they have some magic armor that stops them from getting hurt by things. Everyone is affected by bullying and hate no matter who they are or what they do. Personally I don’t understand how anyone could feel good after telling someone to kill themselves.

And now #cutforliam (which was not started by the one direction fandom) has started just like #cutforbieber last year. Whoever started it is even using the same pictures that started the #cutforbieber trend last year.

In conclusion, self harm and suicide are not a joke.
Sending hate to Youtubers and celebrities isn’t cool or cute.
Let’s all stop hating on each other and just let people live their lives.
By sending hate you’re only bringing negativity into your life.
Stop hating others and start loving yourself.
Spread love and Nutella. Drink some tea.
Keep calm and carry on.

And that’s my whole take on the state of twitter currently.

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