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Wed Jun 16, 2021, 01:59 PM

Why Twitter and cancel culture is toxic

And I'm not talking about how Republicans use the term. I'm talking more towards the Twitter bullying that has become part of our everyday lives. If someone says something you dislike, you have to go gather up a mob and try to ruin that person's life and career.

Story one I just caught today.

https://pagesix.com/2021/06/14/michael-costello-alleges-chrissy-teigen-and-monica-rose-blacklisted-him/?utm_medium=SocialFlow&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPTwitter

Costello, 38, alleged that in 2014, the 35-year-old Teigen “apparently formed her own opinion of me based on a Photoshopped comment floating around the internet which has now been proven to be false by Instagram and since taken down.”

He said he attempted to explain the mixup — which apparently made it seem as if he’d used a racial slur — to Teigen, who he claims “told me that my career was over and that all my doors will be shut from there on.”

Costello goes on to claim that fashion industry colleagues and friends told him that Teigen and her stylist Monica Rose had allegedly “gone out of their way to threaten people and brands that if they were in any shape or form associated with me, they would not work with any of them.

“Each time I have pleaded with Chrissy Teigen or Monica Rose to see the whole story before believing a false narrative a former disgruntled employee cast upon me, they didn’t give me the time of day,” he added.

Costello posted screengrabs purportedly showing a direct message thread with Teigen in which she claimed, “Racist people like you deserve to suffer and die. You might as well be dead. Your career is over, just watch.”
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“I didn’t see the point of living,” Costello wrote. “There was no way I can ever escape from being the target of the powerful elites in Hollywood.”


All that was needed was one celebrity and an internet mob to make this man's life a living hell. This behavior is constant. It's ugly. It's cheered when it's against someone we don't like. Perpetuated. Encouraged.

It's bullying. I'm so glad Teigan is now herself being cancelled. She earned it.

Story two. https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2021/03/28/why-is-lindsay-ellis-cancelled-twitter-drama-explained/

Some months ago, an essayist and author, Lindsay Ellis, compared Raya and the Last Dragon to Avatar: the Last Airbender. As a huge fan of Avatar (I've watched through the animated series three times), I said the exact. same. thing. about Raya when I watched it. I turned to my partner about midway through and said, "This is just Avatar but by Disney. They even have a Zuko in here!" For whatever reason, it was on a few weeks back, playing in the background at my niece's graduation party. Some of the kids hadn't seen it. About halfway through, an Asian cousin turned to his other Asian cousin and said, "They're ripping off Avatar!"

A lot of people felt this way. But no. Comparing one Asian thing to another Asian thing was racist, and Twitter went to absolute town on this woman. It was vicious, and it was nasty.

Now, I love Lindsay Ellis. She's very progressive and does a lot of literary deep dives into modern pop culture. If you've never seen her YouTube channel, she's always worth it. She posted a video about the whole ordeal. It's worth the watch if you have the time. She pile drives Twitter into the floor.



Note all the pain she goes through, just because people are hateful and bored, and she had an opinion about something that a lot of people shared that wasn't even remotely racist.

Twitter is a shitty, toxic, bullying place. What Twitter is all . . . well, atwitter about any given day isn't generally a good thing much of the time. It's a mob gone wild, without any real accountability due to anonymity. I don't think we should be supporting this sort of thing.

I wish we'd get less of it posted here. JMO.

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Treefrog Jun 2021 #1
Kingofalldems Jun 2021 #4
Sympthsical Jun 2021 #6
LisaM Jun 2021 #2
WhiskeyGrinder Jun 2021 #3
Sympthsical Jun 2021 #5
WhiskeyGrinder Jun 2021 #7

Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:07 PM

1. I've just recently read about Tiegan's bullying. She's been doing this for awhile and it's ugly.

I agree wholeheartedly with you about Twitter. It’s middle school on steroids imo.

It seems some here spend their days there and feel the need to let us all know what’s happening in that swamp every single day. Most tweets seem to end up not being true anyway. It’s a dad place to spend time imo.

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Response to Treefrog (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:11 PM

4. Lotsa people mad because Trump was banned from twitter.

I like it, it's great for breaking news.

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Response to Treefrog (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:17 PM

6. That's my exact thought

I keep saying Twitter is full of ostensible adults who felt some need to return to the toxicity that is assholes in high school.

I can't stand the place.

The worst part, IMO, is that the MSM are all over Twitter now, reporting things on Twitter, and creating entire stories based on what people are saying on Twitter (Buzzfeed shithole, I'm looking at you).

Journalism is dying. What Twitter is on about isn't news unto itself. But it's sure a very easy, lazy way to tap out a story.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:08 PM

2. I agree with you.

It's no different from McCarthyism. We'll probably look back on this period with regret.

One other aspect is stuff like Yelp and Tripadvisor. Do NOT review a place you have never been to, even if you disagree with their politics. Just don't.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:08 PM

3. Lindsay Ellis? The one who pondered the existence of master/slave fanfic about an actual

enslaved person and then shared that thought on Twitter?

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:15 PM

5. Are you talking about the Harriet Tubman thing?

And if so, did you watch through her video where she condemns that biopic entirely because of what the screenwriters did to Tubman?

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Response to Sympthsical (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 16, 2021, 02:28 PM

7. I am! And no I generally do not watch 90-minute videos of people excusing themselves.

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