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Social media provides platform for people to bully celebrities without consequence

Woods was seen leaving Thompson's house on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Woods was seen leaving Thompson's house on Sunday, Feb. 17.

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Woods was seen leaving Thompson's house on Sunday, Feb. 17.

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Woods was seen leaving Thompson's house on Sunday, Feb. 17.

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These past two weeks, Twitter has been flooded with funny memes about the Jordyn Woods cheating scandal. For those who are late to the game, there were allegations that Jordyn, Kylie Jenner’s best friend, had kissed Khloe Kardashian’s boyfriend Tristan Thompson. Many comments and memes were found on Jordyn Woods’ Instagram and Twitter account after the scandal with the Jenner-Kardashian family occurred. Some of them are really funny- so funny that they have become a trend. But is it right to use another person’s problem as comedy?

Social media seeps into every aspect of our lives. It lets us share everything we eat and the places we visit; it helps us stay connected. Because we get to see the important events in other people’s lives, we feel like we know them. However, this is not the case.

Posts don’t define who we are. They only tell you the narrative we as users want to portray of ourselves. Our true identity hides behind the screen. But being behind a screen gives us a sense of power that we don’t have when face to face. We become judges of others, to the point where we decide if a post deserves to be shared, liked or retweeted for others to judge as well. We do this not only with our family and friends but with celebrities too.

We are so invested in a celebrity’s life to the point where we feel like we know them. This causes us to not only pick sides when “scandals” occur, but we also become bullies. We think because they are public figures that gives us the right to tear them apart with comments like, “you deserved your father’s death.”

The rumor was confirmed by both parties and that’s where it all began. Memes saying that Woods was a bad person and other horrible names trended number one. A lot of people didn’t believe that she would leave her sugar mama Kylie for some man. The tweets were endless and even two weeks later, they’re still being liked and retweeted. These tweets humiliate this 21-year-old girl who lost her dad about a year ago.

When she decided to break her silence this past Friday, she explained how these comments have resulted in horrible situations where her brother can’t go to work, her mother can’t get groceries and her 12-year-old sister can’t even attend school.

Jordyn also said in this Red Table interview, “You know, I haven’t been commenting back. I’ve been constantly being ridiculed and bullied, and I’ve still held my dignity. And I’ve even been bullied by people who were just a week before telling me, you know, how much they love me or this and the other.”

This is not okay. We have to understand that celebrities are people too and like all of us they make mistakes. Just because they are public figures doesn’t give us the right to judge them and to humiliate them for their mistakes. All that time and work we put into creating comments that are witty and negative should instead be put into topics that really matter like climate change, politics, or social problems, among other pressing problems.

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Social media provides platform for people to bully celebrities without consequence