Tila Tequila and the end of grieving in private
“She is DEAD! F*CKING HAVE RESPECT FOR HER!” - Part of Tila Tequila’s tweet stream.
Hollywood has responded to the tragic death of 30-year-old heiress Casey Johnson in the only way that Hollywood can; by turning the attention away from the departed and on to themselves by outpouring their grief and sympathy - in 140 characters on twitter. The celebrity obsession with the micro-blogging site seems to be more addictive than prescriptive medication in LA.
Lindsay Lohan, DJ Samantha Ronson, Paris Hilton and Tila Tequila have all tweeted about the heiress’s death.
“Looking at baby pictures of Casey, Nicky and I. I feel so upset. I feel like I’ve lost a sister. My heart is broken. Miss her,” Hilton tweeted.
“R.I.P. Casey Johnson,” added Ronson. “Am so sick of those 3 letters.”
Grief is undoubtedly a deeply personal experience and maybe some comfort can be found in shared grief; expressing shock and sadness to an audience might assist in processing death for some. But publically broadcasting trauma and heartache on the Internet with a 140 characters limit is narcissistic, weird and tacky.
Gone are the days of grieving in private and spending time with family or friends to share sorrow, well, as far as Hollywood’s concerned anyway. When the opportunity to associate your name and to lift your notoriety is clearly too tempting for some.
Tila Tequila the US reality TV star and the fiancé of Miss Johnson has been updating her Twitter feed some 40 times per day to her 300,000 followers. Her latest musings suggest she could be pregnant, anything to keep the story going.
“Someone please tell me to go to sleep! I haven’t slept going on 4 days now from the loss of my Wifey. I need to rest. Especially 4 baby!”
Occasionally fans tweet back offering support: “god bless youuuuuu… it was your fiance and everybody is SO evil 2 you. x0x0” said one fan to Tequila.
Tequila’s blog site ‘Tila’s HotSpot’ enables her to go into more detail without the limit of 140 characters. While obviously seeking attention it’s hard not to pity this woman, clearly a fragile and lonely individual.
“You guys, my internet friends and Soldiers, are all I have left to talk to, share things with, like a real friend….,” Tequila shared on her blog page. “You’re all I have left after my Fiancee has passed away. So I enjoy tweeting, blogging, etc, with all of you because I consider you guys my close friends.”
Virtual friends Tequila doesn’t know and has never met, that can’t offer her a warm hug, pass her some tissues and make her a cup of tea.
Perhaps this is the greatest sadness of all.
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