I’ve written before about personal accountability. The fact is its due another piece. Due to the rise of twitter and other social media “platforms” people now feel closer than ever before to celebrities, whether that be your bonafide celebs, people who actually have a talent Actors, Comedians, etc or people who are famous for being famous or infamous.
There is no entry exam for anyone on social media. Hell they even let hairy bastards write blogs. The good thing about being an anonymous blogger is that no-one can have any expectations. Even people who know me outside of this here window are not expecting word perfect stuff, to be entertained everyday or even to be informed. I have no persona or character to live up to.
For celebrities it’s a different matter. We all perceive celebrities in certain ways, actors are of course like their character on TV, footballers are like their on-field persona, comedians are funny and comedy writers are funny. 24/7 365 days a year. Why of course they are. None of these people are allowed to express any opinions other than those we would expect from the pigeonhole we put them in.
Ricky Gervais is a marmite type character. You either love or loathe. He has already left Twitter and returned to it once before, citing boredom. One of his followers today complained that he “only tweets about atheism.” Now the follower may have a point, not a very good one, but Ricky does tweet about religion a fair bit. However this is not a stand up tour, or a new series on BBC 2 it’s a twitter feed. 140 characters.
Graham Linehan writer of Father Ted and the IT Crowd two of the finest TV comedies of recent years is also on Twitter. Followers of him complain that he isn’t funny on his feed. They are right he’s not, instead he airs political views mostly and why shouldn’t he there is no law against it and no-one forcing followers to follow.
Frankie Boyle, controversial comic who recently lost the favour of Channel 4 by tweeting about the Paralympics, is probably a good example of why some comedians don’t try to be funny on twitter. More trouble than it’s worth, it’s lost him a lucrative TV contract, at least for the time being. Someone commented on a website, most probably digital spy that half the people who follow Frankie do so to complain.
I don’t find Frankie Boyle funny. So I never have followed. This is what I mean about personal responsibility. I don’t feel the need to tweet Frankie Boyle and tell him that I don’t find him funny. One, he doesn’t care and two, he’s made a pot of money because people think he is.
I used to follow David Haye, just before his first title was won. I thought it would be interesting to see what he put. However the brawl he had with Derek Chisora in Berlin put me right off, so I un-followed. I again did not tweet David Haye to say why. I’m not that important.
Online, offline, wherever you are, you have control over what you consume. Food, drink, media, bog rolls, tech products. Whatever you consume as a consumer, if something isn’t floating your boat, stop consuming it. If someone isn’t what you thought they’d be on Twitter just stop following. But know that they won’t notice you are missing.