IT’S been a bad old week for Twitter.
Ed Sheeran quit (only to later clarify that he was “just not reading anything” on it), Rory McIlroy banned himself from it and Liam Gallagher posted bitchy comments about U2.
So far, so typical, you might well say. But the social media’s nasty overtones is a major problem — one that’s making it less and less popular with mainstream users.
While it still has its merits — hilarious reactions to TV shows, mainly — it has become a breeding ground for trolls and far-left keyboard extremists.
When I joined back in 2009, it was still relatively new and it felt like an exciting way to interact directly with celebrities or get their news firsthand.
But in the years that have passed, I for one have become fed up reading the misspelled insults posted to celebrities.
Explaining his reason for limiting time on the 160-character forum, Ed said: “I’ve actually come off Twitter completely.
“I can’t read it. I go on it and there’s nothing but people saying mean things.
“One comment ruins your day. The headf**k for me has been trying to work out why people dislike me so much.”
A scroll on Twitter during Ed’s Glastonbury performance last week will give you a glimpse into the pervading bitchiness of it.
As well as the usual comments about Ed being “ginger and ugly”, he was accused of “cheating” because he used a loop pedal rather than a live backing band.
Some speculated that he was too cheap to fork out for accompanying musicians. Anyone who’s followed Ed’s career knows that he’s always used a loop pedal during performances, and that his generosity to other musicians — like Irish act Beoga — is beyond reproach.
But that’s probably irrelevant to the masses who sit at home on their couch with an axe to grind.
Speaking of which . . . step up, Liam Gallagher, who joined the ranks of the Twitter trolls to have a go at Bono and Co.
Branding them ‘beige’, the disgruntled rocker said he’d “rather eat his own s**t” than see them play. Nice.
Rory McIlroy similarly failed to cover himself in glory when he got involved in a spat on the site with Steve Elkington.
Responding to criticism from the ex-player who said he was bored, Rory clarified that he’d earned “more like 200 mill” and posted a screenshot of his achievements from Wikipedia.
Not exactly a moment to be proud of, which is why he’s told new wife Erica not to let him use it anymore.
So what is it about this social media that makes it so god-damned unpleasant?
Girls actress Lena Dunham has previously said that social media is “not a safe place for me”, and other famous Twitter quitters include Stephen Fry and comedian John Bishop — all citing insults from users as the reason.
Irish data shows that regular people are losing interest in the hastily-posted jokes and jibes, with just 25 per cent of people using it compared to Facebook’s 59 per cent.
I’d go out on a limb and suggest that many have become fed up reading negative nonsense and armchair activists who will argue about absolutely anything on the forum. Whatever the reason, it makes for unpleasant reading.
The quick witted jokes I once loved are becoming less worth searching through the crap for.
Model Emily says designers discriminate against her because she has big boobs
EMILY Ratajkowski says other women don’t want to work with her because of her “sexy image”.
The 26-year-old has been vocal about her feminist beliefs and reckons that showing off her body is one way of expressing herself.
But Emily says that she’s a victim of sexism because some fashion designers don’t want busty models – just like they don’t want fat models, short models or freckley models.
She’s told Harper’s Bazaar Australia: “There’s this thing that happens to me, ‘Oh, she’s too sexy.’ It’s like an anti-woman thing that people don’t want to work with me because my boobs are too big.”
Emily shot to fame dancing topless in Robin Thicke’s track Blurred Lines, with her sexy image launching her career. So it’s a little naive to now take issue with the fact that those very assets that made her name are also holding her back in other areas.
With feminists in Ireland fighting to have Ireland’s absurd abortion laws repealed, Emily’s battle for bigger boobs on the catwalk really doesn’t seem quite so important.
Rob Kardashian has lashed out at his ex girlfriend, and mother of his child, Blac Chyna on Instagram
ROB Kardashian proved he’s a classy guy as he posted revenge porn of his baby’s mother.
In an epic rant, the Kardashian bro posted several nude photographs of his on-off girlfriend Blac Chyna, right, on Instagram, and accused her of cheating on him with eight men in less than a month.
He also accused her of using drugs, hosting sex parties while her children were around, and blowing all his cash on champagne. And when he got blocked on the site, the self-proclaimed ‘great husband’ took his venomous tirade to Twitter.
Whatever the accusations, Rob’s disrespect for the mother of his daughter Dream is disgusting.
His main bone of contention appeared to be how much money he’d spent on Chyna’s surgery, which he seemed to think made him a model partner. I’m not quite sure that splashing your family’s cash on a nip/tuck and jewellery automatically makes you a dreamboat.
Accuse me of generalisation, but what most women actually want is a man who is capable of human decency and respect.
With revenge porn punishable with six months in jail in California, maybe a spell behind bars might teach Rob that money can’t solve all his problems.
Former Spice Girl Mel B’s bank account is in the red
AS one fifth of the Spice Girls, Mel B should have made enough moolah to get to old age in style.
But unfortunately that’s not the case when your style includes Rolex watches, Cartier bracelets and a huge collection of €20k Hermes handbags.
It was revealed this week that one of the Leeds star’s companies has just €1k in its accounts.
And lawyers for Mel’s hubby Stephen Belafonte, who she is divorcing, say she is broke after splashing more than €1 million on a fleet of armoured cars, among other things.
As one of the most talented members of the group, it’s got to be a blow for Mel, whose fortunes pale in comparison to Victoria Beckham who’s now worth more than €250m.
Victoria may not have been the best singer or dancer but her fashion firm has helped her multiply her Spice Girls’ savings many times over.
Maybe designer VB could give Mel a loan – or at least a free handbag?
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau was sock-shamed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
CANADIAN heart throb/Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came, saw and conquered hearts.
But let’s be clear: it’s unlikely he’ll be back.
During his brief visit to Dublin, the hunky one was sock-shamed by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, before being forced to play the bodhran.
His visit was capped with some hurling, a visit to the ever-depressing famine statues and then a jog with Leo around Phoenix Park. C’mon, who actually likes jogging?
We didn’t even get a chance to force him to drink Guinness or watch a reel of Riverdance.
Please Justin, give us one more chance. And next time, bring your shamrock stockings.
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