Well, this must be a shocker. (Sarcasm. I’d figure people would be able to tell, but just in case, let’s make it abundantly clear.) And granted I’m not trying to change anyone’s opinions here, if it were that easy, the world would be a better place by now. But I suppose, the mere purpose of this article is to bring light to the fact that we, as fans, as journalists are in the wrong. We do nothing beneficiary when we attempt to dissect something that is not fiction. Sure we all have those special real life pairs we adore, hashtag goals anytime we see them, but the reality is that they owe nothing to us. And by nothing, I mean absolutely nothing.
As fans, there should be an unspoken role that no one should ever ask a known person about what’s going on with their relationship. You don’t like it when Aunt Carol pries around on your Facebook now do you, Patrice? So, maybe, just maybe take that into consideration when you feel tempted to ask Blank Blankerson why he “unfollowed” Blank Smith off of instagram. It’s such a peculiar concept to me that this even needs to be addressed. Boundaries, folks — they’re always there and they should be respected. And the mindless creeping into the lives of their “non-famous” friends is flat-out creepy. I don’t mean to be harsh about this, and truly, you all know we strive on positivity here, but with the amount of breakups there have been this past year, we’ve seen a lot of inappropriate comments circling around the artist’s social media. You don’t comment on a picture of a dog with “WHHHHYYY DID YOU AND SUSAN BREAKKK UPP????!!!!!!! YOU GUYS WERE MY OTP. GOALS. LOVE ISN’T REAL. IT’S DEAD.”
Oh friends, let’s keep it classy, appropriate, and kind. A breakup is never fun, and while some people want to share the details, about 90% of the world prefers to keep such things private. And contrary to seemingly popular belief, when an artist “signs up” for their career, the fine print doesn’t actually state that they’ve now sold their soul to the world and they owe us everything they’ve got. As fans, we must respect these boundaries. We must love the art, care for the artist, and plainly, simply stay in our line. It makes the whole process of appreciation that much more enjoyable. Trust us.
As journalists, good lord, will there ever come a time where a couple’s personal issues won’t be the topic of click-bait? (And not to worry, friends — we pinky promise this post isn’t monetized.) It’s appalling and frankly disheartening. In tough times, people deserve their privacy and by violating it, we’re only perpetrating to their problems. We’re opening up the door for others to comment on the lives of people we don’t know. Let them put out a statement if they please, if not, oh well, move forwards. There shouldn’t be a surplus of articles breaking the news that Kermit and Miss Piggy have gone there separate ways.
The sad reality is that this will probably never change, but if we could just for a second think about what we tweet and what we say about people we don’t know, then maybe we’ll feel a little guilty the next time we bash someone we don’t know. Or the next time we pick sides with people we’ve never met — the next time we spread rumors about who cheated and who broke up with who and what’ll be. It isn’t our business. It isn’t our relationship. It never was. It never will be. Stop trying to get to the bottom of it. Imagine if people did that with your relationship, it’d be unpleasant wouldn’t it?