With regard to the media breakup of Rihanna and Asap Rocky, we reflect on media coverage of celebrity breakups.
LatinAmerican Post | Luis Alberto Garduño Guerrero
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It was last Thursday, April 14, when the names of Rihanna and Asap Rocky were found trending on Twitter, assuring that the couple, who will soon become first-time parents, had ended their relationship, due to alleged infidelity on the part of the rapper. The news came from the influencer Louis (@LOUIS_via_ROMA) who assured us that the interpreter of "Don't Stop the Music" had broken up with the rapper after discovering that he was cheating on her with the designer Amina Muaddi.
However, it was the designer herself, through a press release published on her Twitter account, who categorically denied said accusation. “Initially I assumed that this fake gossip fabricated with such malicious intent, would not be taken seriously… Therefore, I have to speak up, as this is not only directed at me but is related to people that I have a great deal of respect for. respect and affection. As Rih continues to live her serene, best-dressed pregnancy life and I get back to my business," reads the designer's statement.
For his part, the influencer Louis also released a statement in which he apologized for what he had said. Hello everyone, so I would like to address the situation. Last night I made the foolish decision to tweet information I had received. I am not going to talk about my sources, blame others… I would like to formally apologize to all parties involved in my actions and reckless tweets.” In addition, he added that he would move away from Twitter with the intention of looking for a new way to use his platforms in a better way.
The Good and the Dad of History
After the emergence of the rumor about the rupture of Rihanna and Asap Rocky, the media took up the news with the purpose of informing. However, there is a very fine line that is crossed when respecting the private lives of celebrities, as there were those who took the news as a way to generate clickbait without even having a reliable source. They also took up other types of situations experienced by the singer, such as the mistreatment she suffered in 2009 by Chris Brown. The situation must be handled with seriousness and, above all, with the respect that has been a victim of violence means.
With regard to this case, we come to reflect on the role played by the media in sensitive issues that could have a great impact on celebrities. It is very common for this type of news, in which there is talk of breakups or deception of actors, influencers, or musicians, the media choose to take sides or simply try to show who is the good guy or the bad guy in the story.
As media, we have a responsibility not only to the public that consumes us, but we should also begin to question what role we have in the lives and mental health of celebrities. In this sense, it is necessary to question the extent to which it is permissible to address their lives and assess the emotional damage that can be caused to a person, their family, etc., simply by generating a story.
And How to Do It?
It is a complex question to answer. The basis of any journalistic note is to publicize the news event as objectively as possible. We can start with knowing the sources of information we have and verify the information before spreading it. And finally, it is necessary to avoid value judgments. The reality of things is that the private life of celebrities has to be respected beyond generating an eye-catching article. It is essential not to cross the line of respect and, above all, to start from the fact that celebrities at the end of the day are still people, beyond their role as public figures.