In 2014, the love/hate relationships that celebrities have with social media is more prevalent than ever. Services like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine provide a real way to connect with fans, giving them unprecedented access to get to know someone beyond what they hear in their headphones or see on a screen. But having this direct line of communication can sometimes be a bad, and downright dangerous, thing when it comes to those voicing negative opinions. We’ve already seen what happens when fans take to Twitter to attack someone and we’ve witnessed some celebrities even delete social media all together when this invasion of privacy becomes too much.
Sky Ferreira is the latest musician to speak out against the ugly side of fan interaction via social media, as the singer took to her Facebook early this morning to post a short statement on online hate, misogyny, and homophobia. She ends the post urging fans to start reporting abusive comments and to start spreading and showing compassion. Read it in full below:
I’m exhausted of (more than some) people telling me how I should look or be if I want to be a “pop star” & how they think it’s okay to say vile & (sexually) abusive shit to me on a daily basis over the internet. I’m not only writing about myself…because almost every person has to deal with this. It’s a shame because I now feel like I can’t connect or directly speak with true fans. I’m not a mess,I’m not a drug addict, I’m not a slut or a bitch. I recently blocked someone because they were constantly harassing me & making fun of sexual abuse that happened in my past…Which I’ve publicly spoken about to hopefully help others. They came to one of my shows & my friend confronted the person.We were accused of being homophobic after. Which is absolutely insane because my friends,my family & a majority of my fans are homosexual. Sexuality,gender,race,& age are irrelevant to me. As it should be for everyone by now. Treating people like shit because you feel like shit doesn’t help anyone. If you see hateful/disgusting/abusive comments,please start reporting it or deleting it. I think that’s the only way we can start to lower that sort of thing from happening. Use the internet as a way to connect with others & LEARN. Show & spread compassion.
PS: Sorry for the typos