I understand there are celebrities out there who view themselves as God and do not deserve the respect they are given. But, as fans we do not have to pay tribute to their eccentric ways. We can ignore them, we can refuse to buy their books, go to their movies.
What we should not ever do is be rude. Just because “We pay their salary” does not give us the right to be ill-mannered. How would you like it if your boss treated you that way? I am not famous, yet, nor do I really ever want to be “famous”. I write because I have something to say and wanted to share it with the world. Unfortunately, however, I am accustomed to the limelight.
My mother was a fairly-famous singer, and when I was a teenager I traveled with her on tour. Never, I told myself, would I ever submit myself to that life! Most of the fans were nice, though grabby, but some were downright rude. While on stage, I actually watched in horror as a woman ran up to the stage and pulled my mother's dress up and attempted more… I couldn’t believe my eyes! My mother was simply trying to entertain the public and someone thought they had the right to assault her.
This morning while looking over some of last night’s tweets, I found a few disturbing comments made to an author, simply because he was being adamant about what he was looking for in an assistant. Can you imagine the overwhelming response he would get for such a request? He has every right to appeal for what he wants, in hopes that he will receive responses from qualified applicants. He has only 140 characters to make his point, of course there are going to be multiple tweets. But guess what? We have the ability to “Unfollow” someone we want to. No one is forcing you to follow someone!
Instead of “Unfollowing”, two of his so-called fans proceeded to assault him verbally, one by calling him arrogant, the other by using foul language. I stopped reading others' remarks after that.
Seriously, people, there is never a reason to be unkind. It all goes back to kindergarten: "If you can’t say anything nice…"