Shhhh ... nobody tell these people the internet is public
Shane Warne, bless him, has more than a quarter of a million followers on Twitter, and Liz Hurley just more than 41,000.
Presumably they also have email accounts, mobile phones, postal addresses and numerous other ways to contact each other. But in a generous gift to the public, perhaps inspired by the new openness a la Wikileaks, they carried on their flirtation in full view of anyone with an internet connection.
The day celebrities work out that when they write stuff online people can see it will be a sad day.
Hopefully no-one teaches them how to use privacy settings on Facebook, or Direct Messaging on Twitter, or that if you manage to send an email to the correct person it’s easier to keep the contents quiet.
Like this exchange started by Warnie:
To which Hurley responded:
Warne followed up (brace yourselves):
Or this corker:
The benefits of this kind of public shamelessness is twofold. Firstly, it’s entertaining, in a gross-out kind of way. And secondly, any celebrity who carries on like this on a public forum is sending a clear signal they’re not about to start bleating about their right to privacy.
Not that you can imagine Warnie’s too upset about this morning’s headlines about being caught in a passionate lip-lock with a woman the Daily Telegraph described as “one of the world’s most desirable woman.” (Personally I think that description is pushing it, but millions clearly disagree).
It’s likely 2010 will one day be considered the golden age of celebrities making dicks of themselves online.
Caught up in the joys of being able to cut out the middle-man between themselves and their fans, public figures have taken to Twitter with gusto, and often without a filter.
Some of the stuff they tapped into their iPhones and published without thinking must have sent their publicicts’ hair grey, and time and time again the rest of us were left wondering “didn’t they know people would read it?”
But learning from those who went before them, such as Stephanie Rice who’s golden-girl image was shattered with her ill-considered “faggots” remark while watching rugby, it’s likely agents and managers could well start shutting their more talkative clients down in 2011.
What a shame that will be for the rest of us.
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