It’s no surprise that Twitter isn’t always a land of kind spirits and loving tweets; sometimes things can get nasty. Especially if you’re a tweeting celebrity. So naturally, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best celebrity responses to Twitter hatred.
These are, for the most part, hilarious. But amid the laughter, the way these celebrities react to mean tweets can actually help us ordinary folk know how to deal with abuse on social media. There is more than one way to beat the bullies.
Haters Gonna Hate
First of all, let’s get this straight. If you’re a well-known “personality”, you’re not going to be able to please all of the people all of the time. Those who try to please everyone inevitably end up pleasing no one.
So, in our celebrity obsessed culture — where celebs manage their own social media profiles — haters gonna hate. There are a few tips and tricks to follow when it comes to haters, but the best remedies may just be witty banter, quick comebacks, and scathing takedowns.
Some social media gurus recommend ignoring and/or banning haters. Derek Halpern states “I take pleasure in banning people from my site. Why? Because it’s MY site”.
This could be true for Twitter accounts too. It’s no big deal to block someone on Twitter so you no longer see or receive tweets from them. But sometimes, it’s just more fun to stoke the fire.
Be warned, some NSFW cursing follows.
Jewel Staite from Firefly was understandably distraught when she started receiving hateful tweets. So distraught, in fact, that she made sure to let everyone know how those 140 characters of maliciousness had caused her life to come crashing down around her.
What better way to deal with haters than a proverbial two-fingered salute, like this?
This is me reading your mean tweets pic.twitter.com/BzApptsme2
— Jewel Staite (@JewelStaite) February 15, 2015
When someone tries to be offensive, what better retaliation than a well mannered, polite response. James Blunt, being the well-spoken guy he is, perfected that retort in this tweet.
I’m sorry, but you’ll have to get to the back of the queue. RT @Alif_novaldi: Fuck you james blunt
— James Blunt (@JamesBlunt) October 8, 2013
When MTV posted a link to a story about Rihanna smoking marijuana, the globally recognized star took to her widely recognized aggressive Twitter style, and told MTV exactly where it could shove its gossip.
Not really one for partaking in witty banter, Richard Dawkins replies to those who resort to name-calling with some pretty rational analysis of their flawed arguments.
@hernamewaselrod You think I’m vile because I made the obvious point that RC doctrine is responsible? You surely don’t deny RC responsibiliy
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) May 5, 2015
When Malcolm In The Middle star, Frankie Muniz, replies to a hater, be afraid. With $40 million dollars in the bank account, he’s sure to give you a run for your measly balance.
This guy chose to inform Frankie that “ur acting is awful. Sorry but, it is”. Pwned? We think so.
@iHeartMtnDEW Yeah, but being retired with $40,000,000.00 at 19 has not been awful. Good luck moving out of your moms house before youre 35.
— Frankie Muniz (@frankiemuniz) September 16, 2010
respected journalist Piers Morgan decides to take one of his shallow, uneducated jabs at you, take a leaf out of beloved former soccer player Gary Lineker’s book, and reply with nothing but well-aimed facts.
In a world where looks are worth far more than they should be, Miley Cyrus chooses to be a force for inspiration, attempting to lower the pressure on women and girls to conform to misguided body shapes. Nice work, Miley!
Deciding to take on outspoken, Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle will almost always be a one-sided fight. When James Arthur, winner of The X-Factor in 2012, decided to take on the challenge, he came away badly bruised.
James Blunt (Again)
We’ve just got to include James Blunt again in this list; some of his responses to haters are nothing short of incredible. On Twitter, Blunt is somewhere between being an innuendo-saint and a grammar-despot.
Take this one, for example, though there are many more like it.
When Pink started receiving tweets mentioning her “worrying” weight gain, she posted what so many others wanted to say, but never had the courage to do so. She also had the foresight to know that 140 characters just wasn’t going to cut it for such an important message, deciding instead that a screenshot was the perfect medium.
Incredible actress Sidibe (if you haven’t seen Precious yet, watch it!) has had much written about her weight in the past. However, she has learned to overcome this with grace and dignity, while still rubbing our faces in the fact that she’s living a jet-set lifestyle, doing her dream job.
To people making mean comments about my GG pics, I mos def cried about it on that private jet on my way to my dream job last night. #JK
— Gabourey Sidibe (@GabbySidibe) January 13, 2014
Our Sadistic Amusement
Other celebrities choose to completely blank their haters on Twitter. And the rest? They’re invited by Jimmy Kimmel to read these tweets for our sadistic amusement.
The Serious Side to All of This
Although reading witty comebacks from celebrities is pretty amusing, let’s not lose sight of the fact that, to all intents and purposes, “mean tweets” are simply a form of bullying. Bullying that can (behind the giggling mask that many people wear) have a profound and devastating effect on those who receive those tweets.
Celebrities are people, too. For the most part. And, just like proles such as you and I, their reactions to mean tweets vary from person to person. Jimmy Kimmel’s regular feature is entertaining, but how celebrities actually react to mean tweets can provide insights into the best way of beating the bullies.
Have you got a better example of a celebrity disarming an attacker with a well-aimed reaction? If you have personal experience of being bullied on Twitter, what advice would you give someone facing abuse for the first time? Does seeing how celebrities react to mean tweets change how you’ll handle it in the future?
Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.