Rapper 50 Cent, known for his controversial tweets, and comedian Gilbert Gottfriend, known for his dark, unapologetic humor, are both receiving flack for tweets they posted about the tragedy and recent series of natural disasters in Japan. 50 Cent’s string of controversial tweets includes:
- It’s all good Till b***hes see there Christian louboutins floating down da street sh*t gone get crazy.
- Wave will 8am them crazy white boys gonna try to go surfing
- Look this is very serious people I had to evacuate all my hoe’s from LA, Hawaii and Japan. I had to do it. Lol.
- Man they made a movie about all this 2012 now you think that was a lucky guess
- I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, “There’ll be another one floating by any minute now.”
- What does every Japanese person have in their apartment? Flood lights.
- Japan called me. They said “maybe those jokes are a hit in the US, but over here, they’re all sinking.
- What do the Japanese have in common with @howardstern? They’re both radioactive.
- Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them.
While the comments from 50 Cent and Gottfried aren’t necessarily instances of cyberbullying, they are still serious cases of oversharing that caused damage to both entertainers’ online reputations. And Gottfried even lost work over his tweets. Kids can learn by these examples that no matter what position someone is in, they are always at risk when they post something inappropriate or controversial online. Online reputation damage is a serious consequence in itself, but imagine losing a job, admittance to college, or just the loss of respect from teachers or peers. Once something is posted online, it’s hard to erase and even harder to disassociate with oneself. Kids need to practice safe online practices and think twice about what they post on social networking sites like Twitter or Facebook.
What was your reaction to these tweets? Do you ever fear your kids will post something inappropriate in the heat of the moment on Twitter or Facebook?