Do You Owe The Internet Oversharing?

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Beverly Hills, 90210 Stars Receive Backlash After Not Sharing Grief On Social Media

Over two weeks ago, the entertainment industry was hit hard with the passing of ’90s on-screen bad boy and sex symbol, Luke Perry. Perry, who famously led the hit ’90s, primetime series, Beverly Hills, 90210 and was currently co-starring in Riverdale, suffered a stroke at the age of 52.  I recently discovered the original 90210 series in summer 2018 via Hulu. I was trying to rally for a reboot, which in turn, would eventually come to fruition!

Many are still mourning Perry’s passing, family and fans alike. However, some of Perry’s former 90210 cast members are catching flack from the internet for not immediately sharing their grief over his passing.

According to Entertainment Weekly, both Brian Austin Green and Perry’s former on-screen lover, Jennie Garth, received backlash from not mourning their lost friend and former coworker on social media in a timely manner. In her case, Garth’s first internet post after Perry’s death was a picture of her daughter. Garth clapped back at those trolling her on Instagram for lack of sympathy, stating:

“Hi everyone… I chose to post a pic of my girls today. Because they are my life. Because today is a day to celebrate all women. It took a lot for me to want to celebrate anything. I thought about it and I know that’s the way my dear friend would have wanted it. His kids were his life and anyone who knew him knows that and knows he didn’t give a f*** about social media. So please don’t assume or judge or make rude comments. That’s really uncool. Sincerely, Jennie.”

Green, who played 90210’s geek turned musician and one of Perry’s on-screen best friends, was arguably the last to make a statement on Perry’s death. He took to his personal social media to promote a live taping of his podcast in the high school used in many scenes of the original series. His followers criticized him for self-promotion and lack of empathy, while some came to his defense. Green told:

“The passing of Luke is terrible. As was said by many, everyone grieves in different ways. If it’s too soon for you to attend [the live taping] what is meant to be a fun night for the fans then you don’t have to. Everyone should respect everyone’s process. [Thanks] everyone for sticking up for me but it’s not necessary.”

This is just one example of many of the unpopular opinions I have regarding personal social media accounts and outrageous backlash for absolutely no reason. The audacity of people complaining that others are not oversharing enough on social media is so cringeworthy. Three years ago I had someone dear to me pass from suicide, which has greatly affected me throughout the years; especially the days, weeks, and months immediately following. I could’ve possibly garnered more sympathy and attention to myself by making a social media post or many, but decided against the idea. This particular person, who was never on social media to begin with, honestly probably wouldn’t have wanted to hear it. The grieving process is solely up to an individual, there is no room for public debate.

Our oversharing culture is rather toxic. In this modern age of social media with nearly everyone you know begging for attention, society has become a little dense. Have people really began being outraged that others choose to actually live their lives in reality and not on the internet? You don’t owe anyone on the internet anything! I have a handful of these over-sharers on my personal accounts. They overshare constantly, including traffic updates and where one should not drive. One person is constantly complaining his cheating boyfriend cheated (for the third time in less than a year), and others post too much negativity of the going on’s in their lives to the point where you just can’t stand them anymore.

If you’re oversharing, is anyone truly caring, truly reading, truly listening? Or are you just trying to hear yourself talk?

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H/T:  Entertainment Weekly

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Writer’s Note: This is the opinion of one Instinct Magazine contributor and does not directly reflect the views of Instinct Magazine itself or fellow contributors.

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