These cases are notable because they are all easily avoidable. They’re evidence of a slow and peculiar shift in the relationship between fans and the musicians they love over the last decade, as maintaining a social-media presence went from being a novelty to a necessity for public figures, and saying the right thing at all times on social media has become the ground-level expectation of prominent internet citizens. Social media is a bucking bronco; you can make an educated guess what it’ll do ahead of time based on history and experience, but you can never know for sure until you hop on. In 2018, Kevin Hart thought defiance would get him out of hot water for dry gay jokes in old tweets when it was announced that he’d be the host of the 2019 Academy Awards, and LGBTQ Oscar viewers balked. It did not. In 2018, Kanye West seemed blindsided by the passion in the reaction to a statement he made on TMZ saying African slaves in America may have chosen their captivity. These … [Read more...] about Stan Culture Is Due a Reckoning. So Are the Celebrities They Worship.
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Celebrities, corporations, and more began to go dark on social media Monday night, with some explaining their reasoning and others just posting a blank black square, like they’re promoting Fyre Festival. Few got it right. Sony Music, Columbia Records, and Boohoo merely posted that they’re using the day to reflect or take a stand. Kylie Jenner, Drake, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tom Holland, King Princess, and Charli XCX, among many, many others, all posted vague black squares. Rihanna shut down all of her and her businesses’ social-media accounts, also dropping a cheeky black square on the feed before peacing out to whatever oasis she’s quarantining in. And, of course, as more and more celebrities and influencers caught on, so did their followers, now equipped with even less information — just a black square to screenshot and repost. With nothing to go off of, black posts began to flood the Black Lives Matter hashtag on Instagram, pushing down any helpful … [Read more...] about How Did #BlackOutTuesday Go So Wrong So Fast?
Few major festivals are more distanced from society than Bonnaroo, which takes place on a farm in Manchester, Tennessee, every June. But not even that can keep the 80,000-capacity festival safe from the coronavirus pandemic. After previously pushing back to late September, Bonnaroo 2020 is now officially outright canceled, weeks after Coachella also canceled its rescheduled October date. “Our annual time together on the Farm is nothing short of magical, but out of an abundance of caution and for the health and safety of all Bonnaroovians, artists, staff, partners and our community, this is a necessary reality,” the festival said in a statement. Lizzo, Tame Impala, and Tool were set to headline, with more performances by Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, Vampire Weekend, and the Grand Ole Opry. Bonnaroo is now banking on a festival in June 2021, although it’s unclear whether the current plan is for a full-capacity event. Coachella previously said the earliest it would return … [Read more...] about Bonnaroo 2020 Canceled, Because You Can’t Even Avoid Coronavirus on the Farm