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November 29, 2012 By blogging

The Power of Social Media

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An epic war of words took place on Twitter between Chris Brown and Jenny Johnson earlier this week. In case you aren’t familiar with these two people, Chris Brown is a rapper/singer whom has received a lot of criticism since 2009 when he physically assaulted his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, and Jenny Johnson is a Houston-based writer/comedian who notoriously tweets jabs at celebrities.

The feud began on Sunday when Johnson took the opportunity to insult Brown after he posted a picture of himself and said he looked old. In a NSFW way, Johnson suggested his character was to blame for his aged appearance, which angered Brown. Their banter quickly escalated and became a wildly inappropriate exchange of words right before our tweeting-eyes. The quarrel led Brown to declare he was “done” with Twitter and he promptly deleted his account. Brown’s fans were so distraught by this that they felt the need to verbally attack Johnson and even send her death threats. Johnson tweeted “It’s alarming how many death threats I’m receiving via @replies. I encourage everyone, including @Twitter to look through them. Not cool.”

By Monday, the entire nation had taken note of the feud, once again proving the power of social media. Various media outlets and talk shows ranging from The View to Chelsea Lately all had something to say about the Twitter squabble. The View’s Elisabeth Hasselbeck believes both Johnson and Brown should be banned from Twitter, others feel Brown is the one to blame, and some think Johnson is at fault as the instigator. There’s no doubt that both parties crossed the line during the spat and said unnecessary things, but it’s difficult to believe that a celebrity deleting their Twitter account could upset people to the point of threatening to harm someone.

Society has an unexplainable fascination with celebrities, and getting a peek into their personal lives through Twitter takes it to a whole new level. It seems as though people think that by following a celebrity on a social media outlet, they form a bond and have a duty to protect them. More so, it’s interesting how heated people can get about something written in 140 characters or less. Johnson outraged Brown, his entire fan base and gained national media attention by sending about ten words.

From a public relations standpoint, it seems like the crude words exchanged would hurt both people’s images, but in this case it’s increased each of their popularities. Obviously Chris Brown’s fans, also known as “Team Breezy,” back him up and are even willing to make violent threats on his behalf. Similarly, Jenny Johnson has gained almost 50,000 Twitter followers since Sunday, proving people support her speaking against Brown. Though they both gained attention, it isn’t necessarily positive attention, though neither person had a shining reputation to begin with.

What do you think about the fight between Chris Brown and Jenny Johnson? If your favorite celebrity deleted their Twitter account, would you be as heartbroken as the members of Team Breezy? Let us know on our Facebook page!