Social media has increased the prospects of effective communication among people at large; closing up the boundaries between people and making easy interactivity possible.
Celebrities find social media as a great tool to interact with their fans. The bridge created by social media between the two has brought about opportunities for some while creating too much familiarity in a lot of instances and has opened doors ajar to cyber bullies.
Cyberbullies leave off alarming comments about people and especially celebrities, which can potentially damage their self-esteem, hard-earned reputation and dampen their spirits.
Some of these cyber bullies are fans of the celebrities who have a sense of entitlement about how the stars should interact with them.
Sister Deborah, a well-known TV Show host, fashion designer, creative director and musician, is not new to the activities of the cyber bullies.
In the twitter chat, she opened up about a lot of things she thought about cyber bullies; she described them as “unhappy people using electronic means to try and bring others down“. She believes giving these people an audience is what fuels their activities.
Hence to deal with them, she stated: “I always remind myself that we all come from different backgrounds or even similar, but not everyone has been able to start to really think and make critical decisions for themselves by themselves.“
She also shared instances where she was cyberbullied. She lamented that in the comment section under a recent post of a video she made of herself singing her song “Ghana Jollof” on Instagram, some posted some mean and hateful things, and she had screenshots to show; like they say, the Internet always has receipts.
She explained that people should know their limits and know when to draw the line when dealing with celebrities and people in general.
On the kind of relationship, fans should have with their celebrities; they shouldn’t feel too entitled to the point of harassing these celebrities – for they are as human as everyone else, and words do affect them like everyone else too.
Sister Deborah, John Dumelo and a host of other celebrities will speak extensively on this topic and share their experiences on the 10th of Sept. 2018 when SMW Accra kicks off.
By: Social Media Week