Lena Dunham is quitting Twitter. The actress has received numerous death threats, and she is fed up. It was disappointing, because she says there are a lot of people she enjoys following and reading on the social media site.
The Girls actress made the announcement on the red carpet for the Golden Globes last night. She informed Ryan Seacrest that she has deleted her Twitter, so that people could stop threatening her life and calling her names. She wanted to make her life safer emotionally, and this was the best way to do it.
Dunham explained it all because Seacrest asked if she would check her phone for reactions from the audience to the season four premiere. That was due to air on HBO at the same time as the Globes ceremony on NBC.
Instantly, Seacrest noted that she still had an active Twitter account. However, the actress made the decision to delete the app from her phone, which would make it harder for her to check it. However, she will still check the account now and again. She said that she does not have the “same co-dependence Twitter and I once shared.”
Dunham defended her decision to quit Twitter for now. During the interview, she went onto explain how the Internet has a dark side. She even went as far to call the trolls “deranged neo-cons” that would tell her to be “buried under a pile of rocks.”
The Girls actress is not the only celebrity to be inundated with hateful messages. Nor is she the first to take time off the site. Zelda Williams, daughter of the late Robin Williams, made the decision to quit the social networking site after receiving hateful messages over her father’s suicide. She decided it was best to leave the site completely to grieve, rather than try to deal with hate at the same time. After about a month, she returned and said that she was now ready to deal with people.
Some Twitter users noted just how much of a hateful space the site could be. Some could not help but get a dig that it would create an emotionally safer space for others on the social media site by Dunham quitting the site. There were others who supported her decision to leave the site, even if it is just sporadically.
Andrew Rannells, Dunham’s co-star, was with her during the interview. He shared his own view of the social media site, saying that it was a “door to a whole lot of craziness.” Seacrest questioned whether it really could be that bad on the site, but knows just how negative the website can be.
There are a lot of Internet trolls out there, and for some reason many of them congregate on Twitter. It seems to be an easy site to be hateful and mean, while remaining somewhat anonymous. While there are a small number of cases taken to court over the hateful messages, there is much more that goes undetected. It has led to Dunham and likely many others to quit Twitter, at least on a temporary basis.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham
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