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The Wrath Of Social Media On Celebrities

Brooke Gignac |
March 2, 2015 | 10:11 a.m. PST

Staff Reporter

Iggy Azalea and her boyfriend Nick Young (Twitter/@LakersNation).
Iggy Azalea and her boyfriend Nick Young (Twitter/@LakersNation).
Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook has greatly expanded the public forum and transformed the way we are able to communicate with individuals all around the world. 

For most users the experience is positive, but for many celebrities it has opened the flood gates for criticism. One wrong move and you might become a trending topic on twitter, in the worst way possible.

Following Monday night’s episode of “Fashion Police,” E! News correspondent Giuliana Rancic paid the consequences for a poor comment in a very public way.

Rancic’s remark that Zendaya’s dreadlocks probobly smell like “Patchouli oil or weed,” upset thousands of viewers who took to Twitter to express their outrage. 

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“Your racist and xenophobic statement about Zendaya’s hair wasn’t funny. Try being interesting, for once. Make it a goal. @GiulianaRancic,” @thetrudz tweeted Tuesday.

Even other news outlets like Cosmopolitan joined the conversation.

“What the Fashion Police said about Zendaya’s hair at the #Oscars is so offensive and gross,” Cosmopolitan tweeted Tuesday.

For some celebrities, like Iggy Azalea, the criticism is constant. Azalea is often faced with criticism for everything from her music to her name. 

“Why I dislike Iggy Azalea: 1) she can’t rap 2) her name sounds like a stupid cartoon charecter 3) she really can’t rap,” @Jo_Maybe tweeted late January.

For Azalea, the backlash has become overwhelming. 

Azalea gave control of her social media to her managers in January after criticism of her bikini body, according to New York Daily News.

But even with guidance from her managers, the criticism has continued, and has taken a toll on the singer.  

Azalea was nominated for four different awards at the 2015 Grammys: Record of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Rap Album and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

However, Azalea told Power 106 FM Radio that she was relieved to walk away without an award. 

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Azalea told the host Wednesday morning that she she did not even prepare an acceptance speech.

 “I’m glad I didn’t win because people already hate me enough,” Azalea said.

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