Damn… What was this tweet? And why were fans not happy with it? What exactly did Tom say to deserve this?
25 June, 2019 by Fachana Techamaneewat
On 17 June, Spider-Man star, Tom Holland, tweeted, and immediately received major backlash for it.
Check out what he said:
"Shh @hannibalburess I’m trying to become the Warrior of Darkness here. #FFXIV #Shadowbringers #ad"
Simple tweet. So, why the backlash? Well. The answer's simple.
Because it was an ad.
To understand the backlash, you first need to understand the backstory: Tom Holland has a massive Twitter following of 3.8 million people, but despite this, he rarely tweets. So fans are always left wanting a little something more from Tom - a glimpse of the real Tom, so to speak.
At his current rate, Tom seems to tweet around once every two weeks and at times, just once per month. This is a pretty long time in between tweets, especially as social media is the place where fans go to feel closer to their favourite celebrities, and to get the chance to see them behind the scenes and speaking their own words and not media-twisted words.
So basically, fans just want to know what Tom has been getting himself up to every now and then. But preferably more often than what he's currently been posting out.
So when Tom tweeted, fans were happy.
omg wait am i dreaming or are u on twitter rn???
You were already one of my favorite celebrities, but seeing that you play FFXIV too is just even more perfect!
Never thought you to be one for gaming. You are now 100% my favorite now.
Of course, many fans poked fun at his lack of Twitter use, but other fans slammed his tweet.
“u only come online for ads wow”
“you don’t tweet in like months and this is what you tweet”
"tom only came back to twitter bcs of #ad"
This was due to the fact that Tom used #ad in his tweet, which basically means the tweet is an advertisement. So while fans were initially excited to see that he finally tweeted, it quickly turned into sour disappointment when they realised it was just an ad.
This combined with the fact that Tom rarely tweets, perhaps contributed to the anger the fans felt.
Overall, the issue seems to lie with the fact that his fans aren't quite happy with Tom's lack of Twitter presence. Fans all around seem to expect celebrities to tweet often and to post every day. It's been the social media culture for a while now.
All of a sudden, it reached the point where celebrities even feel the need to tweet out their apologies for not being active on their social media platforms.
Here's a tweet from fellow Spider-Man co-star, Zendaya:
"I have so much coming...I promise you'll forget how inactive I'm being lol
And this tweet from Umbrella Academy's Justin Min AKA Ben Hargreeves:
“sorry everyone. i won’t be able to tweet as much while i’m working here in ny. trying to be a good boy and focus. but will be back to my regularly scheduled programming soon.”
So, where is the line crossed? When can celebrities feel like they can enjoy a peaceful moment or relish in a bit of privacy without feeling that they have to tweet or post this specific moment to share with their fans?
And what about the fans who feel that celebrities are obligated to tweet or post? Is this the price of fame? Is this the payment expected by fans because they're the ones who made them who they are in the first place?
What are your thoughts?
Fachana Techamaneewat is a news writer at Exclusive Hollywood and is responsible for researching and writing news articles while providing story updates wherever necessary.
Fun fact: On the weekends, she's an avid writer for practically anything. Her current obsession is the Umbrella Academy, and as of now, is writing a book.