The temptation to join Twitter is a strong one, especially when icons such as the Prime Minister and the Pope are tweeting. But actor George Clooney takes a different stance—he believes that any celebrity who uses Twitter is a ‘moron.’
In a recent interview for the January issue of Esquire magazine, Clooney also speculated on how actors from the golden age of cinema would likely be overwhelmed by the pressures of 21st-century stardom.
‘Not that I’m comparing myself to Clark Gable, whoever, but they couldn’t survive in this environment,’ the star of Gravity said. ‘They’d punch the s*** out of some people. It requires a Zen quality.’
In spite of the actor’s international superstar status, Clooney feels that being famous is incredibly restrictive. In 15 years he has not gone for a walk in New York’s Central park, despite wanting to.
‘There’s a funny thing about fame. The truth is you run as fast as you can towards it because it is everything you want. You get there and it’s shocking how immediately you become enveloped in this world that is incredibly restricting.’
Clooney is certainly not the first celebrity to be resistant to Twitter, though. UK Prime Minister David Cameron spoke out against the site in 2009, but that didn’t stop him from setting up an account in 2012 which now has over two and a half million followers.
Similarly, four years ago actor Hugh Laurie declared, ‘As I look around my friends’ tweets, I see banality on all sides.’ His first tweet, written on October 16th of this year, reads, ‘Having damned this technology as the seed of Satan, I finally succumb. Let tyrants tremble. And so forth.’
Will Clooney eventually succumb as well? Or will he stand by his assertion that celebrities shouldn’t be using Twitter?
If ever there were a place to be reminded that celebrities are “people just like you and me,” Twitter is that place. And just like the rest of us, celebrities are prone to say some things that they regret. The only difference is that by the time they decide to take back something they’ve said, it’s already been seen by tens of thousands of followers.
So, is it worth it for someone who is already famous to give the masses another lens through which they can be scrutinized? Probably not, but that’s certainly not stopping anybody.
Here are a few celebrity tweets from this year that were not well-received. Even though most of the posts have since been deleted from the users’ profiles, that didn’t stop the public from getting their hands on them:
After a public feud with @KellyOsbourne over bullying fans and Fashion Police, @ladygaga made a birthday cake “peace offering” via Kelly’s mother Sharon, and apparently Kelly didn’t appreciate it (though she longer apologized for acting childish).
Okay, it’s not really our business how @NickCannon chooses to discipline his children…unless he tweets about it to his 4.6 mil. followers. #awkward
April Fool’s Day pregnancy jokes are usually ill-conceived… #seewhatididthere
The “mistake” that @chrisbrown is referring to is when he physically assaulted his then-girlfriend, @rihanna. #advice: bringing it up as a trivial thing that is up to you to be “over” is not the best way to make people forget your mistakes.
To be fair, the @GOP has since clarified this tweet, but that didn’t stop everyone from getting up in arms over the implication that racism has ended.
Alec Baldwin publicly calls out a reporter who claimed that Baldwin’s wife was tweeting during a memorial service. @ABFalecbaldwin has repeatedly proven he is comfortable with attacking members of the press and throwing around homophobic slurs, even if it costs him his career, so this little outburst wasn’t really a surprise to anyone.