Internet celebrities may burn brightly, but their light goes out just as quickly. Some people who suddenly become Internet famous learn fast that the very thing that brings them celebrity to begin with are the same things that can bring them crashing down. I'm talking about bullying. Think Rebecca Black, Jessi Slaughter, and the Star Wars Kid. Sometimes the bullied Internet celebrities are just kids (examples above) - and that just seems wrong.
What YouTube celebrities get bullied? Unfortunately, Internet fame often comes with haters, and their bullying can be annoying or downright criminal. It's a high price to pay for celebrity, don't you think?Need examples? Check out this list of the top 10 most bullied Internet celebrities.
Ah, Rebecca Black, the 'Friday' girl. Definitely a prime example of the aforementioned, brightly burning, Internet celebrity. Rebecca is 14 years old and she remains an Internet sensation - so much so that her mom recently yanked her out of school because she was being bullied. Black says school was a nightmare for her, because kids are mean:
"When I walk by they'll start singing 'Friday' in a really nasally voice. Or, you know, they'll be like, 'Oh hey, Rebecca, guess what day it is?'"
Ugh, that's terrible...wait. Wait a minute! Is that really bullying though? Is that reason to home school Rebecca? Her mom told 'Nightline' she also wants to let the teen "focus on her career."
I get it now. Bullying? Okaayyyyy.To be fair, I must mention that Rebecca Black did get death threats against her, shortly after her video for 'Friday' went viral. That is NOT cool, and is a good example of bullying some Internet celebs face.
Star Wars Kid
The Star Wars Kid may be the best example of a bullied Internet celebrity. The kid, whose real name is Ghyslain Raza, skyrocketed to fame when a private video of his imaginary lightsaber theatrics (his 'weapon' was really a golf club retriever) went viral, thanks to his classmates discovering the tape and uploading it to YouTube. Raza was humiliated. He later dropped out of his Quebec, Canada, high school, developed major depression and spent time in a psychiatric hospital. Raza's family sued the former classmates for $250,000, claiming the teen endured "harassment and derision from his high school mates and the public at large." The suit was settled out of court.Sad story, definitely. But wait! There IS a happy ending: In 2010, an older and stronger Ghyslain Raza emerged as the president of a prestigious French-Canadian conservation society and a budding law student! The force is definitely with him now...
What began as an Internet joke based on a 'South Park' episode turned very ugly for red-haired people, or "gingers." In November of 2005, Cartman goes on a rampage against so-called 'Gingers' - kids who have red hair - and declares a "Kick a Ginger Day." Apparently, some people took things way, way too seriously, and several incidents of red-headed teens being attacked began to surface. It's SATIRE, people. Satire.One brave, red-headed kid stuck up for all of his ginger brethren on YouTube. User CopperCab told his audience (of 19 million plus, and counting), that YES, red-headed people DO indeed have souls. He explains that he's been picked on repeatedly at school, and while he acts like it doesn't bother him - it does. Then, he gets really angry. It's quite obvious that the bullying is taking it's toll (the kid mentions suicide). Enough, already, with the ginger bullying. As the soul-possessing YouTube Ginger says, be proud of your freckles and your fiery red hair!
It all started with one video: "My name is Boxxxxyyyyy...." Boxxy, also known as Catherine "Catie" Wayne, was elevated to Internet celebrity status in 2009, thanks largely to the efforts of 4chan. When members learned of Boxxy's YouTube videos (initially created for her Gaia Online profile), they discussed her constantly. Flame wars ensued, as Boxxy lovers and haters battled it out to the death. Someone later hacked into her YouTube account - no doubt serious haters. Parodies and remix videos surfaced, serving to bolster Boxxy's status as the latest and greatest net celeb. Boxxy was not to be denied: After having her YouTube account removed, hacked and generally obliterated, Boxxy went away, and everyone was sad. Very sad.But wait! In January of 2011, Boxxy resurfaced on YouTube, posting a new clip and promising that "things are about to get intense."