Celebrities on Twitter seem to be having public meltdowns these days. You give 'em direct access to their public, and what do they do? Let their hearts bleed all over the keyword. And that's cool most of the time.
The only time when it gets messy is when the crazy comes out like a Jack-in-the-Box that you never even tried to unwind.
- "Why would you leave me and my life in tatters like this and get angrier and angrier to justify it, i feel you missing me and i miss you too," wrote Courtney Love to her daughter Francis Bean Cobain on her 18th birthday.
- "#BOING Mother F%*kers #BOING Mother F%*kers #BOING!!!#BOING #BOING #BOING #BOING #BOING #BOING #BOING #BOING #BOING!!!" wrote Jim Carrey after he and Jenny McCarthy broke up.
- "NONE OF YOU ARE WORTHY ! YET I ALLOW YOU TO FOLLOW ! THATS JUST PART OF MY HUMILITY !YOU DIGGITY?" wrote Erykah Badu after taking a crack at religion.
- "He has NEVER paid child support, and is marrying a tabloid writer and can barely spell his own name due to his "brain" that has been ruined... due to HIS drug use," wrote Lindsay Lohan about her father.
Recently, actor and "warlock" Charlie Sheen has gotten back into the swing of Twitter jibberish after his daughter was bullied and he wanted to let everyone know the name of the supposed tormentor, tweeting: "if you're feeling the 'show and tell' of it all, smear the s--t to spell one name on the front door; VICTORIA. Eat that loser. C hashtag HYLMN?"
And then there's Amanda Bynes, whose stunts started with a simple Tweet about retiring from acting, then letting everyone know which race she's attracted to, a few half-naked selfies, and then a tirade of insults against every celebrity out there.
I don't know what Amanda's health issues are, or if it's a stunt, but she's one of the first celebrities to just go off calling every celebrity ugly and backing it up with enough self esteem to say she's fairest maiden of them all. I guess that's what you get when they name a show (The Amanda Show) after you.
The bravest of celebrities have even said things out loud, weighing in on the drama. Now that child celebrities are becoming poster children for Twitter freak-outs and mental health awareness, the news outlets ask everybody about it.
Seth Rogen (actor): "I think it's a difficult temptation. If you're the type of person that has poor decision-making abilities then having instant access to thousands, if not millions and millions of people, is maybe not the best thing for you. A lot of these people are really proving that. When it used to be harder to expose your insanity to the world, it was probably more beneficial for, you know, people who were crazier. Now, with a 140 characters, you can really change your perception of people instantaneously or people's perception of you. I've typed and deleted several tweets that could have been potentially threatening." [source]
Mara Wilson (former child star): "Having to live up to your fan base is a little like having to deal with a million strict parents who don't actually love you. They reward you for your cuteness and cleverness, but are quick to judge and punish. And they do not want you ever to grow up. How do you react? The way any sullen teenager does: You get resentful, and as soon as you have the freedom, you act out." [source]
Miley Cyrus (singer & actress) thinks what celebrities do on Twitter, specifically Amanda Bynes, can easily be publicity stunts. "It's funny because the moment you're a trending topic it's funny how many people want your name to come out of their mouth." [source]
Chrissy Teigen (model): "The fact that Amanda Bynes has any 'support' to retweet is really unsettling...Support people with mental illness, yes. But don't condone/enable scary and poor behavior." [source]
Personally, I think we're all a little crazy, some of us just keep it to ourselves, and some of us let loose. Add "a little bit of crazy" to " a lot of eyes watching" and you've got a real circus-like opportunity. Release the lions!