CiCi posted a link via Twitter to an article she wrote on her official website titled “What is Social Media Coming To?”
The lengthy write-up finds Ciara longing for the days when she could visit blogs and find glossy pics of celebs, rather than negative articles meant to flame the stan wars.
Ciara goes on to chastise both bloggers and their users, asking if the negativity they write online worth the obvious negative karma that is sure to come their way.
“Dear Blogger, It’s never worth it in the end when you sell your soul for a quick dollar, by creating bad stories about people. At some point, it will all reverse on you and you’ll end up regretting all the trash you wrote or said about people. The universal friend “Karma” has demonstrated this over and over again. I strongly encourage you to project more positivity into the universe.”
Ciara’s rant was no doubt brought on by crazed Beyonce fans, who in the last few days have attacked Miley Cyrus, Chili of TLC (they posted photos of Left Eye’s wrecked vehicle with the caption “At Least Kelly and Michelle are Alive”) and even a 106 & Park audience member who suggested the singer retire. None of this online bullying however would have spread very far if bloggers weren’t so quick to give the bullies a pulpit. The more angry, vile and vicious the attacks are, the more some bloggers are enticed to share them on their sites. Bullies love this, and are usually overjoyed to see their negative comments get a spotlight on mainstream websites.
Ciara’s post is particularly timely to me, because earlier today I un-bookmarked a longtime favorite blog of mine for this very reason. They revel in negativity and hate and even promote it. What I don’t think many of them realize is that it is only a matter of time before the online bullying of artists comes offline. Keri Hilson has been verbally attacked in clubs by Beyonce fans and poor Selena Gomez felt the wrath of quite a few Beliebers when her relationship with Justin Bieber started and ended (Belibers would show up at her mall appearances carrying signs that read “Whore.”)
Kudos to Ciara for saying something, though I suspect her Twitter and Instagram pages will soon light up with even more hate.