“You can’t help it as a human being when you’re put under so much scrutiny by multiple people”
Last week, Lauren used her celebrity platform to tell her 2.35 million Twitter followers about an independent Presidential candidate:
And unfortunately, she faced major backlash by people who accused her of taking votes away from Hillary Clinton.
Millions of people in our society carry the misconception that once someone is famous, their money and fame makes them immune to hurtful statements from anonymous Internet users. However, Lauren explains that she can’t help their words from getting to her. “You can’t help it as a human being when you’re put under so much scrutiny by multiple people, not even just one person in real life, telling you something,” she says. “It harms you.”
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and social media is a great way to express and respond to things we feel strongly about. What ruins it is when people take advantage of apps like Twitter to become bullies. Weather it’s a Fifth Harmony member or the girl who sits next to you in science class, words affect everyone. Don’t ever post something you would feel bad reading about yourself.
The news of Lauren’s Twitter break comes shortly after her band mate Normani’s return after an extended hiatus. After enduring disgustingly racist tweets, Normani stepped away from social media. Last week, she bravely shared her story with Us Weekly. “I feel like it’s almost my purpose to speak up about my experience so it could help somebody else,” she says. “The hate is not going to stop, but I needed to make a point that you can’t run away from a bully. You can’t allow someone’s hate to dictate your life. I want to be the voice for those people who are going through the same thing, like little African American boys and girls getting bullied at school.” We love you, Normani, and are sending good vibes to Lauren, too!