(PresidentialWire.com)- Twitter has become the place where people take what should be private spats and turn them in public battles. Not a day goes by when two “blue check” Twitter users duke it out while the rest of the world watches. Then the corporate media amplifies the battle even more by “reporting” on it as if it’s newsworthy.
It’s become the cycle of life in social media.
Take the latest Twitter Spat between former Fox News host Megyn Kelly and tennis player Naomi Osaka. Their back-and-forth on Monday made headlines in every major media outlet.
It all began after sports writer Clay Travis tweeted that since Osaka announced that she was too introverted to talk to the media after matches, she has subsequently launched a reality show, a Barbie doll, and is now on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
Kelly quote-tweeted Travis’ tweet adding “Let’s not forget the cover of (& interview in) Vogue and Time Mag!”
That’s it. That’s all Kelly wrote.
Osaka hit back, snottily tweeting that since Kelly is a journalist, Osaka assumed she would have taken the time to research the “lead times” for magazines, adding “if you did that you would’ve found out I shot all of my covers last year.” Osaka criticized Kelly for hopping on Twitter to “spew negativity,” closing her tweet with “do better.”
In late May, Osaka withdrew from the French Open citing bouts with depression and social anxiety.
If Naomi Osaka is really concerned about depression and social anxiety, she should withdraw from Twitter. It would do wonders for her mental health.
It seems Osaka’s real complaint here should be with what Travis tweeted, not Kelly’s brief quote-tweet.
But it was Kelly’s tweet that got Osaka hot under the collar. And, as is usually the case, instead of replying directly to Megyn Kelly, Osaka quote-tweeted Kelly’s short tweet then added her snotty reply. But in Twitter world, this is the perfect way to get your fans to do you fighting for you. And Osaka’s fans were happy to oblige – piling into Kelly’s replies to hurl attacks at her
After sending her fans to do her fighting for her, Osaka then blocked Kelly on Twitter.
Rather than offer a groveling apology, Megyn Kelly tweeted that Osaka blocked her, parenthetically adding “guess she’s only tough on the courts.” Kelly closed her tweet by saying “Truth is she just doesn’t like Qs she can’t control. Admit it.”