By: TJ McCourt
In the word we live in today, everyone and anything is searchable. With the simple Google search bar you can find almost any information about a person or an organization. There are many pros and cons to this kind of accessibility. Watching what you post on your social media outlets is crucial and should not be looked past.
In class we discussed the importance of watching what you post by examining how one uncalled for and slightly racist tweet basically ruined Justine Sacco’s life- a mistake that cost her career. Sacco was taking a trip to Africa when she thought it would be funny to tweet “Going to Africa! Hope I don’t get AIDs. Just kidding. I’m White!” This tweet caused so much backlash before Sacco even landed from her flight that the hashtag #HasJustineLandedYet has began trending and people were not happy with her, especially her boss.
Another example that I am thinking of is Roseanne Barr’s controversial tweet in May of 2018. Although this isn’t the first controversial posting Roseanne has published, this tweet ultimately was the final factor in ending her role in her nine year sitcom series, Roseanne. Barr, who is a known Republican and Trump supporter, tweeted “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby = VJ.” Barr is referring to Valerie Jarrett, an African American and senior advisor to Barrack Obama.
Eventually, Barr apologized for her insensative tweet, but it was too late. Barr’s ABC show Roseanne had just recently been rebooted and was quickly cancelled after her controversial tweet. This leads back to search ability. Although the tweets were deleted and an apology was stated, what you say on social media outlets can stick with you for the rest of your life and make a big impression on people whether the actions are good or bad.
“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show.” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement.
“I horribly regret it. Are you kidding? I lost everything, and I regretted it before I lost everything.” Barr says.
Some people argue that it was harsh to remove Barr from Roseanne, especially considering that she is the main character in the show and she should have the right to voice her opinion freely. While others believe she has to be punished for her careless words. What are your thoughts? Should these kind of actions have consequences? Will you think a little bit harder about what you post on social media?
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