Youth Voices


MY 20-SOMETHING PERSPECTIVE
(Inside The Complicated Mind of Danielle Dixon)

NAH MAN, ALYUH…..
Okay, I’ll admit that I’m not really much of a Twitter person…I get bored easily, and the thought of regularly checking up on the often-times senseless “tweets” of various celebrities all but excites my interest.
So the whole…ummm…near “online dust-out” (that almost happened between two well-known local female celebs recently) went completely unnoticed by me; that is, until the story ended up on the seven o’clock news.
Before I go any further (though I’ll refrain from mentioning the name of the local television station) SHAME ON ALYUH for including that as one of your headlines stories. So many serious things are happening in the country and all over the world, and yet you find time and space in your newscast to “enlighten” the public on a Twitter brawl? Really? Come nah man, alyuh.
Now, about these two local female celebs….
Both are beautiful, successful, talented women in their own right. Both have enjoyed a measure of positive exposure locally and abroad. Both undeniably have a loyal fan base; that being said, no amount of fame or established celebrity can excuse distasteful behavior.
The whole country (thanks to Twitter and that local television station whose name I still won’t mention) knows by now who these two local celebs are, so I need not call their names. Picture this, though: two female public figures, one in her thirties and the other in her forties, both mothers, might I add, can see no better way to sort out their differences of opinion than to hurl insults and threats at each other across a social network.
To those ladies, you both have daughters. You both have many young ladies, and young people on the whole, that look up to you. Whether you acknowledge it or not, you are role models. Behaving in such a childish, petty manner is certainly not becoming of a role model.
My question is this; would you be pleased to see your daughters behaving in such a manner on the internet, for the whole world to see? What message are you sending to the young people that are part of your fan base? That the “adult” thing to do when someone offends you is to try to insult/belittle them publicly?
Come nah man, ladies. I would like to believe you are both too grown for that.
NEXT TIME AROUND

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