Celebrities on social media can be a mixed blessing. For every awesome af Anna Kendrick Twitter account, there are some seriously questionable celebrities who need to take a little break from the internet. There are some annoying celebrity trends that are giving social media bad name.
Social media is a great way to document your life, as you live it, in an authentic way. Pulling up your old Tumblr and showing your grandkids what was going on in 2015 is going to be awesome, and I will be thankful that I marked what was resonant for me when I was in the middle of living it. That’s why we love following celebrities on social media, too! We get to see into the lives of
strangers famous people in the way they want to express it – awesome. All for it. Not awesome? Being fake and weird about it. There’s a potpourri of people using social media the wrong way and accounts that look like they’re run by some weird PR team advising on each Instagram post. It’s an exhausting mess.
Let’s all agree to live more authentically in 2016, shall we? There are some select trends that really stand out as the most annoying from this past year. While celebrities aren’t the only ones guilty of these social media crimes, they certainly give the stamp of approval on the mess they’re co-participating in with the rest of everyone. It’s tired and I’m over it. I’m sure there are some of you who’ve similarly un-followed celebs for being the most annoying people to ever have a data plan. Might I suggest these 14 annoying celebrity trends that need to go away in 2016.
1) Posts with inspirational quotes
Can we chill with the inspirational quotes already? My god. If I wanted bite size advice that could be applicable to a number of things in my life, I’d order some Chinese food and crack open a fortune cookie. At least then I’d have an egg roll to nourish me instead of this random nonsense. Bonus points if they’re selfies CAPTIONED with inspirational quotes. *gag*
2) Speaking out of turn.
STAY. IN. YOUR. LANE. Rebel Wilson, I get your intent (thanks, captions) but don’t I wish you stayed in your lane with that lame cop joke as a nod to the black lives matter movement. Yes, celebrities, use your privilege, but don’t use it to talk over the people who are going through it IRL and use your power to boost those voices.
3) Pretending your child knows how to use Instagram.
North posted this on IG while playing games on my phone. Not sure why or how she chose it but I'm not complaining RP pic.twitter.com/CKJpusHUFl
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) November 6, 2015
Like North, on her way to open a children’s app, clicked Instagram. Then, the toddler clicked “share,” scrolled through all of her mom’s photos, clicked this one, hit share on these specific social media platforms, and then clicked post. Sure. Cool. No more of this “my kid took my phone” nonsense. We all know it’s you.
4) Being weird af and not explaining it.
Let me just chill naked on this horse and not explain myself to anyone because context is overrated and generating speculation is the goal.
5) Pretending to be a medical expert.
I am not anti-vaccine. I am anti-thimerosal, anti-mercury. They have taken some of the mercury laden thimerosal out of vaccines. NOT ALL!
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) July 1, 2015
Unless you have a degree in a medical field or are a certified nutritionist, I am not interested in treating your opinion as a fact.
6) Trying to be young.
How does your student loan debt make you feel? Tell us in 3 emojis or less.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 12, 2015
There’s speaking to causes we respond to, then there’s asking us to respond in emojis. Mee-maw, I know you’re trying, but maybe try less hard because we’re not judging you for it.
7) WAIST TRAINING.
AND PROMOTING WAIST TRAINING. DON’T YOU KNOW HOW DANGEROUS THAT IS FOR YOUR HEALTH.
8) Only posting selfies.
Feeling yourself? Keep doing it. But don’t you have outside hobbies? Gaga, I love you, but I’m having a hard time believing your PR team doesn’t also have your password.
9) Flooding your feed.
Ever want to know what Snoop thinks about football? He basically live-posted this Steelers v. Eagles game. Why? No one knows.
10) Saying things are their “spirit animal.”
It's my baby V's birthday!!! Wow we have been thru so much together. You have grown into such an amazing woman. We've toured the world together, have had many hair changes, and been part of a phenomenon . I honestly couldn't have done it with out you. You are my spirit animal and continuously challenge me in all the ways a best friend should. I love living life with you… And also working out with you cuz ur body is HOT! #happybirthdaynessa @vanessahudgens @gypsyqueenraja
Cultural appropriation towards Native Americans, so let’s not engage in mild racism in the name of being twee. I don’t care if she’s your best friend, she’s not your “spirit animal.”
11) Oversharing their lives.
Miley Cyrus got some teeth pulled. Wanna know how I know?
12) The #blessed humblebrag.
Just Heidi Klum’s hair and make up squad in a private jet traveling the world #TypcialTuesday. We know that you’re #blessed – you’re richer than we’ll all ever be, but the luxury is overwhelming and completely unrelatable, you guys.
13) Sub-tweeting other celebrities.
Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing…
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) September 9, 2014
I know this tweet is from 2014… it’s still the best celebrity sub-tweet in the history of sub-tweets. I like to think that Katy knew better than to call out Taylor, specifically. Other than that, just say who you’re talking about. It’s rude to talk about someone on Twitter and not tag them.
14) Posting pictures of strangers.
Posting pictures of strangers without their consent is wrong. I don’t care if you can see through their leggings or their butt crack is out or whatever. Don’t do it. Imagine being a fan of that celebrity, refreshing your feed, and seeing your butt crack on the Internet and everyone laughing about it in the comments section. However, creepiness takes a whole new form when Justin Bieber sent the Internet on a hunt for this girl. I hope she’s okay.
Which of these social media trends do you dislike the most? Which one do you disagree on? What did we forget? Let us know in the comments!
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