A while back a friend tweeted a link to an article about how twitter has a mob mentality to it. It mentioned that public shaming was abandoned over two hundred years ago, so why did people think it was okay for the 21st century. Because everyone is sitting behind a computer screen of course.
If I had seen what Natalia Kills and Willy Moon, The X-Factor New Zealand judges who are now out of a job due to the blatant bullying of contestant Joe Irvine, had said a few years ago when I was younger than today, I would of been all over it on social media. I would of tweeted non-stop when it happened, and would probably still be going. But up until now I haven’t spoken about the outburst from the couple on the singing contest created by Simon Cowell, the original mean judge himself.
This doesn’t mean I approve or condone what they said. I was confused as to why someone would think it would be okay to say those things. “You’re a laughing stock – it’s cheesy, it’s disgusting, I personally found it absolutely artistically atrocious.” I mean who says stuff like that like. And while it would of been easy to call her a bitch, like many others have, behind my computer screen, I didn’t do that.
Because that would of made me no better than them. Over the days since the attack on Irvine live on air, there have been countless personal attacks on the pair. Which I can understand, because people were shocked as to how someone would say what they did.
But instead of tweeting something about them, just don’t. They don’t deserve anymore of our attention, and soon they will float away into obscurity, because there is no way they will get much of a job or sell many records after this. Down and out they sound like terrible people (Kills spokesman has recently told British tabloid Daily Mirror that “she stands by what she said”) so why give them any more fame out of this than they already have.
I guess the lesson here is only say something online about someone if you were prepared to say it to them in person. If not maybe keep it to yourself. Natalia Kills and Willy Moon didn’t keep their thoughts to themselves and said them in person because well they are shitty people, but that doesn’t mean you have to be.