Neither fame nor Twitter is actually a prison, yet people have trouble escaping both.
Fame is prison
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 25, 2019
Lady Gaga tweeted “Fame is prison” on Thursday evening, in typical Gaga “Fame Monster” dramatic fashion. The cryptic and vaguely existential message was perfect fodder for social media. Twitter users came together to partake of their two favorite pastimes: self-righteous posturing and humorous dunking on the rich.
Unsurprisingly, the internet was divided on the issue of whether to joke or scold. Credit goes to Gaga for creating a post that drew quote tweets from every corner of the social media landscape. Amanda Knox, who was wrongly imprisoned for murder from 2007-2011, had the most high-profile response: “I hear you, but…prison is prison.”
Predictably, there were those who made valid though extremely obvious political points.
I hear you, but…prison is prison. https://t.co/5cclYYZxk7
— Amanda Knox (@amandaknox) October 25, 2019
No. Poverty is prison. https://t.co/STmQSkyLjj
— Sam Sanders (@samsanders) October 25, 2019
Moments like this are special because they unite scolds from all over the political map.
Yes, being worth $300+ million is just like being locked up in “prison” https://t.co/N9Za37K5Ls
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 25, 2019
And there were those who took the opportunity to joke about their own relative insignificance compared to the Star is Born chanteuse.
my high school friends putting cat emojis over beer bottles when they wanted to upload the pics to fb: https://t.co/aK5ABBE53G
— hunter harris (@hunteryharris) October 25, 2019
Even blogs can be self-deprecating.
when ur fit pic hits triple digit likes https://t.co/lmwGxQj7Nb
— Four Pins (@Four_Pins) October 25, 2019
Of course, there were those who lined up for easy shots at the pop star. After all, Twitter loves nothing more than someone who will stand up and type out the bold truth everyone pretty much agrees with.
Aww you rich thing https://t.co/NJFIWNMNea
— ANDREW SANTINO (@CheetoSantino) October 25, 2019
Sometimes making the most obvious point imaginable yields thousands of likes. Beautiful.
I bet you could find better things to whine about. https://t.co/agixxZOcHB
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 25, 2019
At least one Gaga stan account was seriously concerned.
Finally, people referenced another news item that occurred on the same day in that tweet formation that isn’t quite a joke but makes you seem clever.
That’s when we knew it was over.
when u harvey weinstein and the comedienne is mean to u ); https://t.co/rE728oSauB
— jes Immediate Decapitation tom (@jestom) October 25, 2019
Will anything come of this? Probably not. Will Gaga apologize or offer some needlessly detailed but somehow still esoteric explanation? Maybe. Will we remember this in a week? Absolutely not.
Like fame, dunking on viral tweets is a prison of our own design. We could walk away at any time, but that would require logging off. And then we would miss the next viral tweet.