George Clooney Can’t Understand Why in the Hell Famous People Would Use Twitter

    November 11, 2013
    Josh Wolford
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Actor, director, humanitarian, and kick ass Kentuckian George Clooney is not on Twitter. He’s also unsure why any famous person would want to be.

In a recent interview with Esquire Magazine, Clooney questions why celebrities, who are already in the public spotlight, would want to subject themselves to the minefield that is a service like Twitter.

Here’s the relevant bit from Esquire’s interview:

If you’re famous, I don’t – for the life of me – I don’t understand why any famous person would ever be on Twitter. Why on God’s green earth would you be on Twitter? Because first of all, the worst thing you can do is make yourself more available, right? Because you’re going to be available to everybody. But also Twitter. So one drunken night, you come home and you’ve had two too many drinks and you’re watching TV and somebody pisses you off, and you go ‘Ehhhhh’ and fight back.

And you go to sleep, and you wake up in the morning and your career is over. Or you’re an asshole. Or all the things you might think in the quiet of your drunken evening are suddenly blasted around the entire world before you wake up. I mean, when you see, like, Ashton Kutcher coming out going, you know, ‘Everybody leave Joe Paterno alone,’ or whatever he said, you just go, ‘Fifteen minutes longer and a thought process and probably you wouldn’t have done that.’ 

Kutcher didn’t actually say “Leave Joe Paterno alone” – what he did say was “How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass.” I’m willing to bet the reaction would’ve been the same either way – not very good.

Still, Clooney has a point. At some point, you’re probably going to say some dumb shit on Twitter. Everybody does. The only difference is that when I say it, nobody sees it before I have a chance sober up and delete my tweet. When a celeb with millions of followers does it, it’s national news.

And don’t think that famous people are somehow better at navigating the Twitter minefield than the average user. Famous people say some absolutely ridiculous things on Twitter. Not only that, but Twitter users are brutal.

See? Who would want to subject themselves to that?

Lots of people, actually. Lots of famous and non-famous people alike. That’s because it’s fun. There’s a huge draw to having a constant audience – at least Twitter’s banking on that. George Clooney isn’t wrong here – Twitter is especially dangerous for public figures.

But I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who wish he’d go full Anthony Weiner.

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  • Yep

    Yep, I agree with George. Twitter is for morons. People in this world are hypocrites and will jump on a person for doing the very things they are doing behind closed doors. Don’t open yourself up to that.

    Doubt what I say? Just go look at the volume of porn out of the web. There is tons of it. But if you ever read what people say on Twitter — everyone is holier than though. It is like the Anthony Weiner case. Most of America has sent dirty pictures, sex texted, had phone sex, or did something kinky in life, but in the Twitter universe — everyone was a saint and pointed their fingers at Weiner. Heck, I know one woman in my office, who is having two affairs with married men, and she sent Twitter comments blasting Weiner. Yet, every other weekend she was banging someone’s husband.

    Twitter is full of hypocrites and you can’t win. Don’t get on it.

  • Mick

    Most celebrities enjoy using Twitter to connect with their fans. Something George Clooney has never done in his life.

  • Florence

    I agree 100%. One smart celebrity finally. Why are the people on Facebook and Twitter at all? It is wasted time, they don’t have anything else to do, they just stay there gossiping and revealing their private life to the world? Who cares? Who is interested in your private life? Social media are created to divide people, not to make them closer. Staying on social media for hours, you don’t pay attention to your real friends, to your family.
    Celebrity need social media least. They are famous anyway. It is stupid to say that this is the only way to connect to the audience. How were they connected until now? If somebody wants to connect with them, there thousand different ways.
    On Facebook and Twitter you have fake friends and the media use your opinions, photos, writings for free!!!! TV and newspapers, magazines make money using you! But only smart people realize that. Clooney is one of them.