Tired of end­less bul­ly­ing and trolling on Twit­ter, ac­tors have left the plat­form in or­der to es­cape the neg­a­tiv­ity

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTCITY - Rishabh Suri

Twit­ter was abuzz on Satur­day with as many as five ac­tors de­ac­ti­vat­ing their ac­counts cit­ing neg­a­tiv­ity and so­cial me­dia tox­i­c­ity that was both­er­ing them. Son­akshi Sinha led the pack writ­ing, “The first step to pro­tect­ing your san­ity is to stay away from neg­a­tiv­ity. And no where more of that than twit­ter th­ese days!” Saqib Saleem was next to de­clare, “I’m Break­ing Up with you Twit­ter”. In a lengthy post he wrote, “You seem to have got­ten lost in all the hate every­one is so ready to throw at each other… I don’t need this kind of en­ergy.” ‘Soon ac­tors Aayush Sharma and Za­heer Iqbal fol­lowed suit. Sneha Ul­lal, too, hinted that she might also quit Twit­ter.

It all started when Kriti Sanon re­cently, lashed out at so­cial me­dia tox­i­c­ity call­ing it “FAKEST. If you haven’t posted RIP or said some­thing pub­licly, you’re con­sid­ered not to be griev­ing”. She posted this af­ter the death of her Raabta (2017) co-star Sushant Singh Ra­jput, post which, so­cial me­dia turned into a play­ground for trolls to bully Bol­ly­wood stars, blam­ing them for Ra­jput’s death.

A week ago, film­maker Shashank Khai­tan also de­ac­ti­vated his Twit­ter ac­count, while film­maker Karan Jo­har, who’s be­ing mas­sively trolled, af­ter Ra­jput’s death, for pro­mot­ing nepo­tis­tic cul­ture in Bol­ly­woo un­fol­lowe every­one on Twit­ter, ex­cep eight han­dles.


Ad guru Prahlad Kakkar ex­plains what so­cial me­dia tox­i­c­ity en­tails. He says, “I’ve stayed away from so­cial me­dia be­cause there’s a lot of neg­a­tiv­ity, and trolling. It has em­pow­ered a lot of use­less peo­ple with an opin­ion, with­out any reper­cus­sions.” Film­maker Mad­hur Bhan­darkar, 51, calls it a “dou­ble-edged sword”, es­pe­cially for pub­lic fig­ures wherein if they com­ment or post, or even if they don’t, nasty feed­back comes their way. “So­cial me­dia is toxic. You get rat­tled mer­ci­lessly, even a spell­ing mis­take gets one trolled. You post some­thing and think ‘maine barabar kiya na?’, and check again, be­cause you fear be­ing trolled,” he says.


An­other trend on so­cial me­dia, is to ex­pect celebri­ties to post about what­ever is the cur­rent is­sue. Echo­ing the sen­ti­ments Sanon high­lighted, Bhan­darkar adds, “I agree with Kriti. When you are close to some­body who passed away, you’re not in the frame of mind to say any­thing, you lack words, and want to mourn. Peo­ple ex­pect you to tweet, that be­comes val­i­da­tion of the fact that you grieved.”


Ac­tor Nim­rat Kaur says she has never been one to take any pres­sure. “Many times, I choose to be silent, and know that you don’t need to add to the cho­rus. I re­ally don’t give a damn about what peo­ple think. I don’t write or post any­thing to garner a re­ac­tion, or to be­come part of the hash­tag club,” she says. Ac­tor Amit Sadh, 37, on the other hand, feels so­cial me­dia also has parts that are not toxic. “Un­for­tu­nately, as hu­man be­ings, when we’re en­gaged with pro­vok­ing and un­com­fort­able things, it’s hu­man psy­chol­ogy to want to shut the door, and call it toxic. You can al­ways de­cide what part of so­cial me­dia you want to en­gage your­self in,” he says.


(Clock­wise) Son­akshi Sinha, Saqib Saleem, Aayush Sharma, Kriti Sanon and Karan Jo­har

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