On the occasion of Tom Cruise’s birthday on July 3, a user on movies subreddit community, which has over 28 million users, posted a link to Tom Cruise’s life in photos. Soon, a commentator mentioned, “A lot of people don’t know but he is a scientologist.” In response almost every commentator said, everybody knows but nobody cares because it’s not relevant to be brought it up on his birthday. Many said, it does not matter he is my hero.
On the same community a month back when Jeremy Renner’s latest movie announcement was posted somebody cracked a joke mocking his now non-existent app which he shut down due to trolls. The comment was eventually removed after another commentator put up a resistance but on Twitter and on reddit hundreds of comments are made on a daily basis mocking the said app. Renner was a victim of the trolls and imposters who infiltrated the app and harassed users, so he had to shut it down but he is still mocked for launching it in the first place.
Yet, Robert Downey Jr’s drug and gun possession charges are not brought up every time an Avenger or Iron Man movie is discussed or Mark Wahlberg’s prison time for beating up black kids or Mel Gibson’s antisemitism. Despite Will Smith’s shocking and disgraceful act of slapping the Oscar host Chris Rock a random search on Twitter shows that there is no hate for him in public.
So, why do some movie stars become more a target for hate than others?
While it is important to speak up against injustices and an artist’s personal wrongful actions cannot fully be separated from his art but shouldn’t there be some context for public outrage and hate? Issues which are long settled, for which there are no pending complaint or court cases, no victim who is still seeking justice or issues which are not even crime or anything just something you don’t like (like Renner’s app), how relevant is it to bring these up in every discussion? And what do random mention on Twitter or Reddit achieve? If there is a serious issue it should be taken up at proper forum.
The other day a Twitter account started blabbering things about Renner’s sex life and child custody. It is a matter related to his personal life that should be dealt by him and his ex-wife in the court and so it was and duly settled. Renner retained joint-custody of his child. Why do people still talk shit on Twitter about it?
How talking shit about Cruise’s scientology on Reddit makes a difference? If he or his cult is committing crimes, report them. Everybody in Hollywood has done some shit. Its history is filled with drug, sex, violence and what not.
Robert Downey Jr was arrested for drug and gun possession in 1996. He was pardoned in 2015 and since then long articles are written about his heroic recovery from drugs. Mark Wahlberg was arrested for racist attacks against black kids in 1986s but he was himself a teenager then. There are many other bigger stars who have done worse things yet somehow, I feel Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner are most often on target on social media.
Few days back trolls on Twitter made dozens of hate tweets for the mere reason that Jeremy Renner’s cover version of the song “The House of The Rising Sun” was included on The Umbrella Academy season 3 soundtrack. People calling it a crime. A song is a crime in their eyes they hate Renner so much. Although, on YouTube there are hundreds of people praising him for the same song.
I have always struggled to express my love for both Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner for these haters. And I was dreading that next in line will be Johnny Depp but strangely he got a lot of public support. Renner or Cruise not so lucky in that dept.
Can we not end this culture of hating someone who has not personally harmed you and there are no victims who is seeking justice against them and no open cases no crime or anything.