2015 is the year in which people can, and will, find something offensive in every tweet, every Facebook update, and every instagram photo you post online. But the lowered tolerance on sharing one’s opinion in public aside – the internet really is a horrifying place.
There’s no doubt that every single one of us has come into contact with online bullying. Be it an offensive statement in Youtube’s comment section, a passive aggressive message on Tumblr or even name-calling on Tinder. People enjoy using the internet’s anonymity to be rude.
But no one is confronted with online hate more often than those in the public eye – celebrities. Jimmy Kimmel has started the trend to have celebrities read and react to some seriously mean tweets they have received in the past on his late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live.
And it was a success. While we do not enjoy the viral hate, we are happy to see that (most) celebrities don’t take these things too seriously. And honestly, most of their reactions are hilarious. Raise your hand if you’ve made your way through this playlist of Mean Tweets more than once. Guilty as charged.
But now Kimmel is taking things one step further: He asked celebrities to come to LA and read the tweets live in studio – no recording, no second takes. The first edition of Mean Tweets Live from last Monday’s episode had Jeff Bridges, Kristen Bell and Benedict Cumberbatch reacting to some pretty nasty things said about them on the world wide web.
Actor Jeff Bridges was up first and basically got called a “disturbed hobo”. Next up was Kristen Bell, who kept her smiles up even through a particularly nasty comment about her vagina being an “Alcatraz for penis”. The last guest of the evening Benedict Cumberbatch stole the show by giving an A+ reaction. The mean tweeter had to say that “if you find Benedict Cumberbatch attractive […] you’d also quite enjoy looking at a cats anus”. The Brit took it with humor before stating that there was indeed someone who thought he was attractive – and she put a ring on it. That’s the way to go, Mister Cumberbatch! Flaunt your happiness!
We do not, under any circumstance, promote online bullying. But those mean tweets and the celebrities reactions to them are the most hilarious treat of the week. Still, think before you type, these words do have the power to hurt people. Tweet responsibly!