Zac Efron is grateful for Instagram and Martin Luther King Day

Yes, this is a celebrity tweet, not a political one, but it’s instructive nonetheless.

Just in case you have no conception of pop culture (and I don’t blame you if you don’t!), Zac Efron is a very popular actor who is appearing in the movie Dirty Grandpa, which is coming out soon.  Related to this is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which we celebrated this past Monday.  How, on Earth, are these two related, you ask?

Yeah…he definitely confused two things that have nothing to do with each other.  Maybe he was thinking that the African-American emoji that he used in response would make things better?  Because they didn’t:


Of course, there was also plenty of negative news about Efron’s tweet.  To his credit, Efron deleted the tweet and apologized:

Okay, so what’s the lesson here?  Do not, ever, confuse serious and silly subjects in the same tweet. Efron somehow managed to make a very special American holiday about him, and specifically, his huge number of Instagram followers.  This, of course, is a blatant attempt to self aggrantize and use a very powerful American icon in a completely unrelated matter.  Making broad statements about diversity, inclusion and the power of Dr. King is one thing – but never, ever use sacred American holidays in an effort to promote yourself.  It’s terrible form.

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Billboard posts, then deletes, incredibly inappropriate tweet about North West

Politicians and celebrities are going to get attacked in some form or fashion, particularly on social media.  That is, unfortunately, an after effect of what happens when you put yourself out in public in the way that these two do.  However, what should be beyond attacks is children.  That being said, unfortunately, that is frequently not the case.

Billboard, the music & celebrity publication and website, became the latest violator of that unwritten rule. That happened this past Friday, when Billboard tweeted:

Billboard Tweet North West

The toddler in question is North West, the daughter of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.  Given the picture of North West in that picture, the implication is obvious, and it’s atrocious. However, the article itself links to a story about North West saying to paparazzi, “I said no pictures!”

Reaction on Twitter was swift, and it was angry.  No one was happy at what Billboard appeared to be going for. The response from Billboard was predictable and necessary: They deleted the tweet and apologized:

Here’s the thing: I think they are lying.  Why?  Well, normally, when you post an article on Twitter, the only picture which is displayed is a picture from the article.  That picture appears nowhere in the article, and that would imply that someone intentionally added that specific picture.  Combined with that caption, as well as Kim Kardashian’s prior appearance in a sex tape, and it leads me to believe that Billboard knew exactly what they were doing.

This, of course, is disgusting.  Show some class.

Michael Buble Inappropriate Pic

Singer Michael Buble uses Instagram, is creepy

I’m a man, which, without question, comes with certain societal advantages.  One of them, generally speaking, is that I I am far less likely than a woman to be blatantly and publicly objectified for my body.  As a man, I try to be very conscious of this, and practically fall over myself to not be guilty of objectifying women in such a way.  Most men that I know and am friends with behave the same way – after all, we all have mothers, wives and daughters.

Someone really should have told this to singer Michael Buble.

In an Instagram post last week, Buble made this post:

In case you didn’t know (I certainly didn’t), that’s Buble in the picture, and the “Lu” he refers to in the caption is his wife.  Meanwhile, that poor woman just happened to be there.

The comments eviscerated Buble:

  • “I love Michael Bublé but I am very disappointed. He’s a married man he shouldn’t be posting pictures like this! If my fiancé did this I’d kick his fucking ass.”
  • “Would you say what you hashtagged to her face?”
  • “That’s someone’s daughter, dude.”
  • “You made sure to get her permission first before posting, right? And that she’s not a minor? Way to keep it classy.”
  • “yep. let’s humiliate a stranger. Stay Classy, Buble.”

The story also became national news, highlighting the poor taste of the pic.

Buble apparently realized he was a shmuck and put this apology on his Instagram feed on Friday:

As far as apologies go, this is a crappy one.  It “hurts [Buble] deeply” that anyone would think he would disrespect women…really?  So he’s the offended party?  He also regrets that people found the photo offensive…not that he took an offensive photo.  When you apologize, you take responsibility and pledge to never let the same thing happen again.  Buble took none.  He clearly doesn’t think he did anything wrong.

I think this goes not just for celebrities or politicians, but for anyone: this is just downright creepy behavior and shows exceptionally poor judgement.  You never make a social media post like this – I’d argue that it was actually a form of harassment/cyber-bullying. Meanwhile, the apology was juvenille, and made Buble sound like he was the offended party.

So, in conclusion, do nothing that Buble did.