When the mask slips
From Roseanne Barr having her show cancelled hours after she tweeted racism, to the recent storm over Elon Musk’s erratic behaviour, to Donald Trump’s seemingly off-the-cuff, grammatically-challenged presidential decrees in 280 characters – it seems Twitter is having more of an impact on the world than ever.
Want to know what the wealthy millionaires and billionaires really think when they’ve got their guard down? Wait for their late-night, possibly sedative-influenced
Sometimes the media storm around a tweet can be a bit much. Expect much more coverage of Roseanne’s tweets in days to come, as she tries to minimise the long-term damage to her career. Most of those stories will be unnecessary and make the whole thing seem exhausting, but there’s a plus side to all of this, too.
Most of us wouldn’t even think the kinds of racist things Roseanne has tweeted in the past, but by letting their masks slip even occasionally the wealthy and powerful are letting us know who they truly are. They’re just as flawed, messed up and stupid as the rest of us – sometimes more. And I can only see us knowing that as a net good for society.