Some Celebs Face a Twitter Backlash

Joshua Thompson, Centurion Staff

As awesome as social media can be, it also has its downsides. For every good cause, there’s also drama – and if you’re not too careful, you will be dragged in.

Twitter, for better or worse, has given us access to see what our favorite celebrities are doing these days. With just a click of a button, you can follow these folks, and see what they are up to.

With as many tweets as they put out however, there’s some that might not sit well with those, especially on the heels of the #MeToo movement.

This was the case for Marvel Director James Gunn. Though Gunn was reinstated, he was at one point fired by Marvel over some offensive tweets he made around 2009 and 2010, this coming from the website “The Verge.”

Gunn has since apologized for his tweets, but this opens up a big question: should celebrities be held accountable for what they say online?

I asked Prof. Shawn Queeney this question, using the Gunn incident as an example.

“I think there’s a couple of things that lead to him getting let go,” Queeney stated. “His employees saw the reaction to these old tweets, and based on the negative reaction the public had, let him go. You can’t post stuff on behalf of the studio or workplace.”

I also asked Queeney if he thinks that studios have a right to step in and warn workers or even fire them if they post unfavorable things online.

“Yes, it’s an employment situation,” Queeney said in response.

Anonymity gives people the guise of being a random online internet user, and so they feel free to say whatever is in the recesses of their mind.

“If someone came into my class and said something like ‘White people should run everything, we should have segregation,’ a lot of people would be disgusted. With social media, it gives these people the comfort to say things they wouldn’t say in public in front of everyone,” said Queeny.

A similar situation to celebrity’s needing to watch what they say online comes in the form of the Vic Mignonga situation.

Vic Mignonga is an anime voice actor and actor who has been accused of sexual misconduct in the work place. He filed a lawsuit against Funimation Voice-Actors Jamie Marchi, Monica Rial, and her fiancé.

YouTubers such as Nick Rikita and That Umbrella Guy have covered this situation on their respective YouTube channels, with Rikita reporting and telling people what the outcome of this lawsuit may be, once everything is all said and done.

While this has been going on, individuals from the lawsuit have allegedly been posting less favorable things online, such as arguing with fans about the situation, citing proof and guessing who the law would favor in this situation.

Whether you’re a big time celebrity, a voice actor, or a normal college student, it’s best you watch what you post online. This might seem obvious, but in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget.