Are Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj Keeping It Too Real?

November 27th, 2012

(Photos from left: Kevin Winter/DCNYRE2012/Getty Images, Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

By Arielle Loren

The era of celebrities tactfully responding to controversy seems to be long gone thanks to the power of the Internet. Using Twitter and Tumblr, stars have addressed some of their many critics without the filter of their publicists. The result has not been pretty.

Chris Brown went off on a female comedian that attacked him online for his domestic violence altercation with Rihanna in 2009. Nicki Minaj figuratively took Barbara Walters by the throat for reporting that she threatened American Idol co-judge Mariah Carey with guns. The Pink Friday rapper also put Aerosmith icon Steven Tyler on blast for criticizing her attitude toward contestants, calling him racist.

All in all, it feels like these celebs are responding to their critics in an unbecoming way, fighting negativity with negativity. These pop culture icons naturally attract attention, particularly with their provocative personalities and reputations for rarely holding their tongues. If they aren’t tweeting nasty comments directly to their haters, they’re hyping their followers to give them a response, which simply creates a firestorm of immature behavior.

When you’re given the pedestal of fame, it’s counterproductive to take great offense to your critics and put on a name-calling show for your fans. It’s always better to be the bigger person, and ignore the people who aren’t invested in supporting your career anyway. After all, they’re probably instigating a fight with you just to get press, and by responding, you’ve played right into their hands.

The eye for an eye approach just makes these celebs look overly sensitive. Admittedly, the constant attacks from random nobodies and fellow celebs can be aggravating, tiring and ridiculous. However, to whom much is given, much is required. It’s always better to simply turn the other cheek…or call your publicist.

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