In considering the amount of hours spent in silence on “social” platforms, the amount of suppositions, assumptions and conclusions about people and things said read can take on a life of its own—even without anything necessarily being said…it’s all (literally) in your eyes and head.
Take for instance producer Timbaland, who became the recipient of a social media swarm and backlash when he posted a meme reading:
“His mama named him Bruce I’mma call him Bruce.”
Well in case you haven’t heard…(well…read and saw), Bruce Jenner recently graced the cover of Vanity Fair in his alter-ego alter- “me”-go where he officially unveiled his true “me”-the person he feels he is: A woman.
In doing so, the former U.S decathlete Olympic champion changed his name and came out to the world as “Cailtyn Jenner.”
Timbaland’s post was immediately taken as [as being] homophobic response of some kind, and be that as it may [have meant to be?] nor not…the fact of the matter is, that very meme came from a scene in an Eddie Murphy classic called “Coming to America”
Where the discussion was about Muhammad Ali changing his name from Cassius Clay.
Check out the whole scene-it’s pretty funny.
(But as it pertains to the meme, tap in below around the :25 minute marker ‘til around the :40 minute marker):
As well however, Timbaland wasn’t the only one put under the radar of social media scorn and supposition, actor Drake Bell was run up on when he Tweeted:
“Sorry…still calling you Bruce.”
After her deleted the tweet, Bell wanted to assure the people he wasn’t dissing “Caitlyn Jenner” however he wanted to remember Bruce Jenner’s legacy [as the U.S Olympic Champion he was]:
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