Oscarred for Life

Posted by Christie Szymanowski | Mar 19, 2018 | Anxiety, Fake News, News, Social Media Anxiety Disorder of the Week | 0 |

The ninetieth annual Academy Awards took place recently, and as can be expected, heavy social media users weren’t so much concerned about the outcomes of the Oscars, but the drama that unfolded behind the scenes. Although the Academy Awards saw their lowest ratings in years, that didn’t stop celebrity tweets from gaining traction and causing an uproar across social media platforms. 

One of the biggest stars of the night, Jennifer Garner, became an insta-meme when she stopped clapping and seemed to have an epiphany mid-ceremony. People couldn’t stop speculating on what had come over her. Rachael Teel of Plano, Texas, said that while she didn’t watch the Oscars, several of her friends shared the video. She’s been obsessing over it ever since. 

“What’s she doing? Why did she stop clapping? Is she about to have a violent case of explosive diarrhea? Did she forget to close her garage door? Did she discover the meaning of life? No one knows.”

But Garner was hardly alone in causing anxiety for celebrity followers. Emma Watson’s temporary “Times Up” tattoo was missing an incredibly necessary apostrophe that sent English majors and grammar geeks into a frenzy. 

“Are you Hermione Granger, or Millicent Bulstrode?” asked Twitter user Paul Herman. When we spoke to him later, he admitted to downloading a photo of the tattoo and editing an apostrophe into it using Photoshop. “I just wasn’t going to be able to sleep until I did,” he said. 

Our Oscars recap wouldn’t be complete without talking about the true star of the social media show. He’s the least-likely hero of the night: former child star Macaulay Culkin, who tweeted constantly during the ceremony from the comfort of his own home. Most memorably, he sent, “Actually, the best original score of the year was New England 33 – Philadelphia 41.” 

While there were a few jabbing tweets sent Kevin McAlister’s way, most people agreed with him. We tried to reach out to Patriots fans for comment, but were informed that they were all being treated for serious burns.

Jim Chenworth of the Center for Social Media Addiction Therapy has said that people reacting to Garner, Watson, and Culkin’s tweets might be “Oscarred for life.” He said, “It’s a very serious condition within social media circles. Some people just follow their friends, but once you start following famous people, whether they’re A-listers like Emma or D-listers like Macaulay, it becomes much more difficult to treat.”

If you’re feeling down after seeing Oscar tweets, Chenworth suggests unfollowing some of the people who caused you to feel that way. “It’s important to nip it in the bud before it’s too late. It always starts as something innocent, like ‘I wonder what Drake Bell’s been up to lately?’ But if it starts progressing and you’re getting too involved in celebrities’ lives through their tweets, it’s time to take a step back. Your life won’t end if you unfollow the Beebs. I promise.”

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