HOLLYWOOD—Why do people use social media as a ranting haven? While, my professional career is not as a psychiatrist, I studied psychology in college. It has always fascinated me, why people express their anger or admonish people publicly. My guess is they don’t like confrontations, so they write a rant indirectly about the person who is the subject of their frustration.
Celebrity rants are funnier, than those of non-famous people. Celebrities live in a different world. That’s not where most of us reside. These days a famous leaking of an X-rated tape and the next thing you know you have your own reality TV show. Yes, sometimes the whole family comes along for the ride. Some of us would be mortified to have the whole world watching our intimate moments.
Sometimes, adults act like 5-year-olds, they have a tantrum. Basically a coward looking for people to respond so they need instant gratification to their ignorant tirade. People rant or fume to gain sympathy or condolences from friends. They need a platform that they have complete control over, as they may have no control elsewhere in their lives. You really need to be careful these days what you post on social media. Now, it’s a great career move.
Here’s something else, once on the internet, it’s not going away, ever. Which means years down the road when your kids Google you, they will be treated to all the rants and petty drama, drunken selfies, all the things you should be embarrassed about now and definitely will be then. Now, I have to admit some of the rants are entertaining as heck. Watching folks going at each other in an online version of what we used to call a “petty fight,” can be fun. Pointless- no one wins these things, but enjoyable to those on the outside looking in. It used to be what transpired in private had a decent chance of staying private. Not anymore, they lash out a declaration of war on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Let’s not forget Alec Baldwin, who loves to rant. Prior to the power of the internet’s ability to spread news like wildfire and when Baldwin was married to the beautiful actress Kim Basinger, the actor was no stranger to confrontation. In October 1995, Baldwin was placed under citizen’s arrest, according to the LAPD, after he allegedly slugged a cameraman who was trying to get video of his three-day-old daughter Ireland.
You may recall in 2007, before Baldwin was one of Twitter’s most talked about celebrities, he was ranting on the phone. His daughter allegedly missed a phone call with him, and Alec left her a voicemail, which was leaked to the media. She was 11 at the time. He threatens to straighten her out and calls her a rude, thoughtless little pig, despite the fact she was only 11. Family, anger and voicemails are never a good combination.
Anyone remember Mel Gibson, when he was caught on tape going on a rant. The actor has become better known for his rants than his movies. Back in 2006, he ranted Anti-Semitic remarks. Then in 2010, a voicemail rant purported to be left by Gibson to Oksana Grigorieva was leaked to the press and a firestorm ensued. The Oscar-winner went on a tirade. No stranger to controversy, the actor-once lauded as one of Hollywood’s biggest success stories, has fallen on hard times over the last few years. Between arrests, violent rants and Anti-Semitic comments, Gibson’s image has taken a serious hit.
Rosie O’Donnell, loves to rant on President Donald Trump. The feud between them goes way back, but to this day, O’Donnell can and will go off about the President at any time. It all began when the former “The View” co-host threw shade at Trump for his personal life. She ended the segment by attacking his moral compass and telling him to sit and spin.
It was the rant that started the feud between these two and since he became president, Rosie has stepped up her rant game, most recently giving a speech outside The White House. Bill O’Reilly in lost footage went off in his infamous “Current Edition” clip, where he really lost his temper. It’s funny how he ranted and the next second he was so calm.
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