Celebrity Feuds on Twitter

If you're looking for drama, you don't need to turn on your television, or go to your local cineplex, or even buy a ticket to a stage play -- all you have to do is log on to Twitter and follow a few celebrities (or pseudo-celebrities). Social networks allow fans to see what their favorite stars are doing, but recently they have also been voyeuristic extravaganzas of meltdowns and diva battles.  Performers use Twitter handles to promote themselves. Some tweet on their own, but others no doubt have assistants who do it for them. It's another way to earn some cheap buzz, an easy way to generate a few headlines. How much of the name-calling between celebs is real and how much is make-believe publicity stunts?

The online feuds range from the silly to the epic. Joan Rivers mocked Lindsay Lohan who responded with some snarky comments of her own. George Lopez called Kirstie Alley fat and the actress jumped in to defend herself, bringing up the comedian's alcoholism. Old American Idol judge Steven Tyler versus new judge Nicki Minaj was a good one, but one of the true classics was Eminem going tweet-to-tweet against Nick Cannon -- Mariah Carey, Dr. Dre, and P. Diddy all got involved. (Cannon has had some other Twitter altercations, a memorable one being against Chelsea Handler.)

A lot of them seem staged, but they become fascinating when they ring of genuineness, offering us a brief glimpse at the apparent behind-the-scenes realities of these famous seekers of the spotlight. For instance, recently when Jenny McCarthy added her two cents about the seeming public meltdown of Amanda Bynes, the former child star responded by calling the one-time Playmate an ugly old lady. For those looking for the name-calling and mudslinging to be recipricated, it was not meant to be. McCarthy showed class and took the high-ground, telling Bynes that she was just worried about her, leading to a digital version of hugs, kisses, and forgiveness on both sides with the deletion of the offending tweets. 

From the public romance to the eventual breakup of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, Twitter can seem like a celebrity soap opera if you're following the right stars. Don't be surprised if some of them hire their own Twitter writers and collaborate on an emotional, dramatic rollercoaster ride to be continued in a book, a made-for-TV movie, or some other money-making endeavor. How many of us will be glued to each of their tweets?


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