Monday, November 12, 2012

Get the F^&K Off of Twitter and all Social Media Sites!

Apparently, there have been some rumblings over a "Twitter War" between CNN Anchor Don Lemon and Actor Jonah Hill. I must say, I am really tired of public figures like Don Lemon (who don't write their own paychecks and are employed by corporations) continuing to make public spectacles of themselves via social media. Twitter and Facebook are going to be the death of our society. Some people are just not capable of deciphering what's acceptable to display in such a public forum from what's not acceptable. 

Here is the exchange:

Don Lemon @DonLemonCNN
"Said hi to @jonahhill in hotel. Think he thought i was bellman. Didn't know his name til belman told me. A lesson to always be kind."

Jonah Hill @JonahHill
"@DonLemonCNN I said hi what do you want me to do move in with you? I was in a hurry. Didn't realize you were a 12 year old girl. Peace.

Don Lemon @DonLemonCNN
"@jonahhill Hardly. You're not my type. But I know rude. And u were."

Jonah Hill @JonahHill
"@DonLemonCNN i walked out of the restroom and found you waiting for me. Shook hands, said hi and was on my way. Sorry if you found that rude."

Don Lemon @DonLemonCNN
"@jonahhill Was waiting for luggage. Bellman & I laughed at how self-important u were. Just being honest. Be nice. Stardom is fleeting."

Here is Don Lemon trying to explain with Soledad O'Brien. 

What a f&*king idiot!!! 

First of all, Don attempted to make this exchange between him and Jonah a racial issue, when it's clearly not. Bellman?? Secondly, in the video Don says he needed to get this off of his chest. Then call you mother or your best friend and clear your chest, don't jump on Twitter using your work Twitter account that clearly identifies you as an employee of CNN - a global cable network. Why in the world would Don draw this kind of attention to himself?? This is embarrassing, and a discussion not worth having. Really Don Lemon?? You are willing to tarnish your reputation and sound off an alarm to your employer that you might be a problem, over Jonah Hill?

Don Lemon is the only African-American Male Anchor on CNN in the US. Maybe someone should remind him of this or maybe refresh his memory on what happened to Rick Sanchez, the last person fired from the network for comments he made outside of work that the network didn't like. Or maybe he should give Roland Martin a call and ask him how much his super bowl tweets cost him.

Jonah Hill has nothing to lose by feuding with someone over Twitter. Don Lemon on the other hand, has quite a bit to lose. So I highly advise Don Lemon and any other public figure, (especially the ones who have their pay checks written to them by someone else) to think twice before you go clearing your chest or expressing your view via Twitter. Especially from your work Twitter account.

Sound Off. Are you as annoyed by this story as I am?

1. Has social media become a problem for public figures?
2. Should an employer have the right to penalize an employee for their behavior, thoughts or social media interactions, outside of work?
3. Does Don Lemon have any ground to stand on with this recent Twitter exchange?
4. Is Don Lemon drawing negative attention to himself to the higher ups at CNN with this exchange?

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