Post Today, Regret Tomorrow: Celebrities Under Fire Over Old Social Media Posts

We all may have said things over social media that we regret a few years down the line, but if you’re a famous celebrity, those old tweets and posts can come back to haunt you.

In recent news, YouTube star Jack Maynard was booted off I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here on Tuesday after a series of old tweets from 2011 to 2013 that contained homophobic language were discovered on his Twitter account.

The YouTuber, who currently has 1.2 million subscribers, was between 16 and 19 at the time, and would also refer to his friends using the n-word.

Source: Radio Times

His representative said Jack is “ashamed” of the posts and realises that the language was “completely unacceptable”.

However, fans of the YouTube star have jumped to his defence, including YouTuber Jack Dean (AKA JaackMaate), with comments like “we’ve all been young and dumb once” and “everybody’s had some sort of douchebag opinion at one point in their life”.

Also defending Jack was media personality Katie Hopkins, who’s no stranger to causing controversy with her strong views, tweeted:

However, Jack isn’t the only celebrity who’s been under fire for past social media posts. Recently, artist Stormzy has apologised for homophobic tweets between 2011 and 2014.

Stormzy made his apology via Twitter, saying his old posts were views that “that I’ve unlearned as I’ve grown up and become a man”.

Yet another star facing the same issue is Zoella, a popular lifestyle vlogger with 11.9 million subscribers. Last week, Zoella apologised over old tweets about homosexuals and “chavs”. Though, the word chav is simply just a descriptive label, so does it still count as “labelism”?

The tweets were posted around 2009-2012, when Zoella was around 19-22. Nowadays, she said she “would never say those things now”.

Source: BBC

Co-founder David Levin of social media agency That Lot, says celebrities should be cut some slack for saying things when they were “young and daft”.

“But there’s a limit,” he commented. “Most 10-year-olds would know it’s wrong to say something sexist, racist or homophobic. And the fact that they tweeted it makes it worse.

“Celebrities need to realise that journalists are probably trawling through their social feeds right now. And that stupid thing you tweeted is gonna bite you on the arse.”

“If a high profile individual is about to be in the spotlight for whatever reason, they’re encouraged to look back through their feeds and discreetly remove anything that may be taken, or reported, the wrong way out of context. Or in more extreme cases, deleted immediately because it was a stupid thing to say.”

So, what can we learn from this? Simple – always be careful with what you say on social media, because one day, those old posts that you no longer care for can and will come back to haunt you. Some could say its karma, but it’s more the simple lesson of “don’t be an asshole on the internet”.

 

<Story by Emily Clark>

Featured Photo Credit: Jarvis

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