This anecdote illustrates why the younger fanbases that have cropped up around stars like the Jonas Brothers and Justin Bieber can be disturbing. Although fandom can stir anyone up, I believe that having mobs of preteens used to speedy Twitter communication and bite-sized news definitely exacerbates a situation like the one that Selena Gomez landed in.
Up until yesterday, it appeared that Selena was in a feud with Dallas, TX radio host Kidd Kraddick; Monday morning she allegedly tweeted, Kidd I used to look up to you.. Talk about me all you want but my mom or my family is crossing the line. Boyfriend Justin added, Smooth kid. real smooth smh. Interestingly, both tweets have since been deleted.
The story that Selena’s fans have cooked up is this: On his radio show, Kidd joked about Selena’s pregnant mother having a miscarriage. Except that there’s no indication that he ever did say that. What happened instead is that Kidd and his team were joking about the embarrassment a 20-year-old like Selena might feel about her mom having sex as well as Justin’s paternity suit with Mariah Yeater.
From there, it was easy to make up a silly conspiracy theory along the lines of the Sarah Palin/Bristol Palin baby hoax. Here’s the audio:
DFW.com interviewed Kidd about the controversy, and he clarified that he and co-host Kellie Raspberry were doing a recurring comedy bit where she pretends to be “Supposition Kellie,” a gossip reporter: [tagbox tag="selena gomez"]
Kellie went into “Supposition Kellie Mode”, where she becomes a tabloid writer and comes up with what the gossip writers will spin from the latest news. She said something like, “It’s actually Selena who’s pregnant and her mom is part of the cover-up! Nine months from now she’s going to pretend to pop out a baby and will raise it as her own!” We all gave our over-the-top disbelief reactions…as we ALWAYS do when “Supposition Kellie” is making up a rumor. I said, “You left out one part! Justin is the father!!!”
… Bieber and Selena fans started “adding in facts” about me saying she should have an abortion or I hope she has a miscarriage. Ridiculous.
We are a comedy show and we talk about celebrities…sometimes we’re facetious (like in this case) but our listeners get it. No one listening to that would conclude that we were slamming Selena or her mother. Which is why we didn’t get a single phone call about it from our millions of listeners. Not one e-mail. Not one facebook message. Not one tweet about it.
It seems that Justin and Selena’s exasperated tweets came in response to these harmless jokes, since Selena didn’t like them even teasing her mother.