The Internet Backlash Is Here, and It’s Coming From Celebrities

In a recent interview with People, Vanessa Hudgens — she of the third round of leaked nude pics — expressed her distaste for the Internet. When asked to name the best invention, the Sucker Punch star instead said,

“I know what the worst invention ever is. The Internet. I think it’s ruining everyone, and it just makes everybody way too accessible — it just takes away the glamor and mystery of our business.”

It’s surprising that a member of the first generation to grow up with the Internet would be so against it, but she isn’t the only one in her demographic. Right before she returned to Twitter, fellow Disney starlet Miley Cyrus made clear her dislike for social networking: “I do not tweet, I do not social network, I try to stay out of it. I complain enough about people knowing too much about my private life, so to go out there and exploit myself would be silly and hypocritical.”

Both Hudgens and Cyrus have had their squeaky-clean Disney images tarnished by leaked photos of them making out with scantily-clad girls and smoking salvia, respectively. So they’re blaming the messenger (Twitter or TMZ, say) without taking time to consider that they should really be blaming their so-called “friends” who leaked the photos, or the hackers who got into their phones.

The feeling is mutual for their Hollywood elders. In 2007, TV Squad discovered a diatribe from reality star Krishtine de Leon, who can thank MTV’s I’m from Rolling Stone for her brief fame. Her hatred was reserved for Internet commenters, or as she called them, “perverted internet douchebags” who didn’t get her “cultural aesthetic.” She went on to call them “hatin-ass, racist-ass, bitch-ass, cracka-ass, lyin-ass, salty-ass mothaf–ka”s.

And according to John Mayer in his infamous Playboy interview, Jennifer Aniston is one of many celebs who was famous before the Internet and didn’t know how to handle this new facet of fame. (Interestingly, Mayer praised Twitter, saying, “I can show my real voice.”) I’m just gonna copy over the entire paragraph, because it’s all relevant:

“If Jennifer Aniston knows how to use BitTorrent I’ll eat my fucking shoe. One of the most significant differences between us was that I was tweeting. There was a rumor that I had been dumped because I was tweeting too much. That wasn’t it, but that was a big difference. The brunt of her success came before TMZ and Twitter. I think she’s still hoping it goes back to 1998. She saw my involvement in technology as courting distraction. And I always said, ‘These are the new rules.’”

Amazingly, Mayer actually makes some sense. He explains that the new moral for how celebs interact with the Internet and social networking is this: You have to be willing to make fun of yourself and show that you don’t take everything so seriously. Relatability is key.

Maybe Hudgens and Cyrus could learn a thing or two from him.


“I know what the worst invention ever is. The internet. I think it’s ruining everyone, and it just makes everybody way too accessible it just takes away the glamor and mystery from our business.”

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