Dolan drops Twit­ter

Ac­tor-film­maker says he’s ‘drawn to hate­ful de­bates’ he would rather just ig­nore

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TORONTO — Amid head­lines over a heated Twit­ter ex­change between Nicki Mi­naj and a Cana­dian writer, Mon­treal ac­tor­film­maker Xavier Dolan has left the so­cial me­dia plat­form, ap­par­ently in a bid to avoid such a sce­nario.

On Wed­nes­day, his ac­count was no longer avail­able and many fans had posted a screen­grab im­age pur­port­edly of his fi­nal tweet an­nounc­ing his de­ci­sion to leave Twit­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to the screen­grab im­age, Dolan posted that he found him­self “drawn to hate­ful de­bates” he’d “rather ig­nore” on the plat­form.

He’s still keep­ing his In­sta­gram ac­count, where he “can fo­cus on what mat­ters: Harry Styles’ out­fits on tour,” the post says.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Dolan didn’t im­me­di­ately re­ply to a re­quest for com­ment.

Dolan’s move comes af­ter Mi­naj made head­lines for a con­tro­ver­sial re­sponse to Toronto writer Wanna Thomp­son’s tweet.

Thomp­son posted on her Twit­ter ac­count @Wan­nasWorld that she re­ceived death threats af­ter Mi­naj chimed in to her June 29 tweet, in which she crit­i­cized the rap­per’s mu­si­cal di­rec­tion.

“You know how dope it would be if Nicki put out ma­ture con­tent?” Thomp­son wrote in the June 29 post, which she deleted but later re­posted in a screen­grab.

The post went on to say she’d like to see Mi­naj “just re­flect­ing on past re­la­tion­ships, be­ing a boss, hard­ships, etc. She’s touch­ing 40 soon, a new di­rec­tion is needed.”

The 35-year-old Mi­naj in­di­rectly replied to Thomp­son that same day by tweet­ing out a list of her more ma­ture songs.

That prompted Mi­naj’s fans to at­tack Thomp­son on Twit­ter.

Thomp­son later posted a screen­grab and a video of what she said were di­rect mes­sages sent to her by Mi­naj con­tain­ing ex­ple­tive­laden lan­guage.

The New York Times re­ported Thomp­son was let go from her in­tern­ship at an en­ter­tain­ment blog af­ter the Mi­naj in­ci­dent and is now “men­tally de­pleted” and con­sid­er­ing see­ing a ther­a­pist.

Re­quests for com­ment from Thomp­son were not re­turned Thurs­day.

Pub­lic re­la­tions guru Natasha Koif­man, pres­i­dent of NKPR in Toronto, said she has a sim­ple rule for her high-profile and celebrity clients when it comes to want­ing to en­gage in heated ex­changes on so­cial me­dia:

“Don’t,” Koif­man said. “If you’re feel­ing that anger or if you’re anxious about it, you re­ally should sleep on it and the next day you prob­a­bly wouldn’t feel the same.”

Mi­naj has a huge in­flu­ence with over 21 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers and should not have re­sponded at all, she said.

“The re­sult of it was hor­ri­ble,” Koif­man said.

“She re­ally should have is­sued some kind of a state­ment to, at the very least, have all of her fol­low­ers just leave this girl alone.”

De­spite such in­ci­dents, Koif­man said more celebri­ties are em­brac­ing so­cial me­dia, not­ing Ju­lia Roberts just joined In­sta­gram.

“Celebri­ties are re­al­iz­ing that it’s not go­ing away and they’re re­al­iz­ing that it’s a nec­es­sary tool to build their brand,” Koif­man said.

“Of­ten when they’re in the cast­ing stu­dios, peo­ple want ac­tresses and ac­tors that have a high fol­low­ing be­cause they can ac­tu­ally in­flu­ence box of­fice. So the trend is only get­ting big­ger.

“You just want to make sure that it’s be­ing used in a healthy way. You’re not al­ways go­ing to get pos­i­tive com­ments. You just need to make sure that you don’t re­spond to them.”

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILES

Just days af­ter a heated Twit­ter ex­change between Nicki Mi­naj and writer Wanna Thomp­son, Mon­treal ac­tor­film­maker Xavier Dolan, above. left the so­cial me­dia plat­form, ap­par­ently in a bid to avoid such a sce­nario.

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