I don’t normally write two posts in one day, but this week’s news regarding threats made to Taylor Armstrong through Twitter is worthy of an exception. Most of us are aware of the threat as all of the gossip outlets have written about it for several days. The FBI has reportedly found the party issuing the threat and “sources” of the tabloids believe that the suspect is a teenage girl from New Jersey. If that is true, she is a very disturbed and, perhaps, dangerous young girl.
Taylor retweeted the threat for everyone to see. She also responded to this tweet. I question the wisdom of that move. I thought that it was along the lines of hitting redial on your phone after someone left an obscene message. She was right to notify the authorities for an investigation, particularly in light of her very polarizing personality. I don’t understand her motive for making this a widely publicized event.
Part of the reason I decided to write this today is that it fit with some of the things I touched on earlier this morning. If this is a viable threat, then this is a frightening example of just how emotionally invested TV viewers can become in these pseudo-celebs. They really believe that they know these people and everything about them. They divide themselves into teams – for or against these “stars”. A young teen follows every word and movement of a recently fired Real Housewife of New York. In my eyes, that is as equally disturbing. There is a very fine line between an overzealous fan and a stalker. I hope that that Housewife never disappoints this girl.