For all of its many, many flaws, social media is still one of the greatest tools in keeping us informed about what’s going on in the world today.
In fact, throughout this year, and most recently, throughout the several months of employment I had endured before being hired by the Inquisitr in June (thanks again, guys!), it’s been quite the powerful teacher for yours truly. Because of the interactions I have had on it — more specifically, within the wondrous and intelligent sect of social media known as #BlackTwitter — I have had my mind opened up to so much knowledge surrounding the life, times, fallacies, and injustices that have occurred not just to those who share my skin tone, but to the ones who look nothing like me, and yet, are exactly like me in ways that I was either too ignorant to realize, too misinformed to speak on, or simply too callous to even begin to care about.
Perhaps that’s why I find myself now shining a spotlight on two celebrities who have spoken out of turn within the past 24 hours; namely, entertainers Selena Gomez and Chloe Grace Moretz. As most who follow the Inquisitr and other media outlets are probably familiar with by now, these two young starlets defiantly took to Twitter last night in order to speak out on what has been jovially referenced to as the “Kim [Kardashian] Exposed Taylor [Swift] Party,” where Kardashian posted a phone conversation between her husband, Kanye West, and Swift to her Snapchat account. The backstory behind the “exposure” would be too long to get into and too unnecessary for the sake of this specific article, but if you need more info, the Inquisitr has you covered.
In the midst of the online “gathering,” both Gomez and Moretz took to their Twitter pages to attack those who were ignoring the harsh realities of the world for something as preposterous as the ongoing issue between Swift and West.
“There are more important things to talk about,” Selena stated. “Why can’t people use their voice for something that f***ing matters?”
“Everyone in this industry needs to get their heads out of a hole and look around to realize what’s actually happening in the real world,” Chloe followed. “Stop wasting your voice on something so petulant and unimportant.”
Unfortunately, for their well-meaning attempts of moving the conversation back into subjects that mattered, such as the recent deaths of two unarmed Black men, the Dallas shooting massacre, the Orlando shooting massacre, the 2016 Presidential Race, and any other issue that affects America and the world at large, they both seemingly forgot that neither one of them has actually used their exalted position in the grand scheme of life for such a reason.
Luckily for them, however, the social media users of #BlackTwitter were there to help jog their memories.
Now, I already know what most will counteract with after seeing these posts. “Just because they haven’t made statements on social media doesn’t mean that they don’t care about real issues.” And perhaps that’s not such an incorrect assumption. It should never just be about what one can turn into a hashtag, it should be about what one shows and proves in real life. But, if we’re honest, that’s not actually the point that anyone who is pointing out Gomez and Moretz’s inconsistencies is trying to make here; especially since, when it comes to Gomez, there have been occasional shows that she is paying attention to some of the horrible acts that have transpired over the past few weeks, such as the shooting at Pulse Nightclub, which was mentioned by People.
And side note, it’s probably not as often as she should, according to L.A. Times journalist Gerrick D. Kennedy, but I digress (the “you’ve” he’s referring to is Selena, in case anyone is confused).
I'm actually offended at that comment. Because you've been asked to speak out on important matters and your camp said "no thanks."— Gerrick D. Kennedy (@GerrickKennedy) July 18, 2016
The problem lies not in their — or in this case, Gomez’s — grandiose displays of concern, but in not showing their dedicated followers and fans their true awareness of these issues. To people like Gomez and Moretz, there might not be anything helpful or useful about posting a #BlackLivesMatter or a #OrlandoStrong tweet, but to those who follow their every move; especially the ones who are either Black, Latino, Muslim, LGBT or any combination of the four, it’s everything right now. It shows that these two stars, without fail, support these very human causes and are just as passionate about positive and necessary change as someone who doesn’t have the reach that they possess as celebrities — and yes, that is an extremely important aspect to display right now. We need our allies to prove that they stand with us at every turn.
Additionally, but just as relevant to this topic, momentarily focusing on something as inane as Swift’s true character reveal does not mean that people do not care about the important issues that Gomez and Moretz have never touched on before Sunday night (they will undoubtedly make a big show on social media about something “meaningful” in the coming days, which, by the way, is even more ignorant than their past ignorance of said issues).
There is nothing wrong with taking a bit of a breather from the almost-daily destruction going on this world and having a laugh. In fact, it’s the most human thing anyone can do in hopes of mentally or emotionally surviving the cloud of darkness that grows ever thicker over this world. They say that one should never take life too seriously, but at a time when life seems to hand us nothing but seriousness day in and day out, that edict of existing has never been more mandatory than it is right at this moment.
It’s interesting how in their demand for using our social media voices for something meaningful, both Selena Gomez and Chloe Grace Moretz have misunderstood that that’s exactly what we’re doing right now; not only to bring everyone up to speed on what the actual media fails to tell us, but to bring us all together as one unified voice — and we will continue to do so. Sometimes our ideologies about certain things are a bit inconsistent, and occasionally, they don’t make sense at all, but we are speaking and furthermore, have been speaking, for a while now. However, when was the last time either one of them had anything useful to add to the conversation?
No worries, we’ll wait.
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