Two tales of Social Media Infamy

Social Media Infamy
Jessie Smollet and Marcella Zoia made headlines this month for all the wrong reasons.

This month we saw two really interesting headlines that were connected to social media. The first being a local news story for my fellow Torontonians and the other featuring a celebrity actor trying to make a bigger name for himself. The question I have to ask…is social media infamy worth it?

Jessie Smollet
Jessie Smollet was arrested February 21, 2019 on suspicion of filing a false report.

Dumb and Dumber.

First off, you have Empire actor Jessie Smollet, who last month staged his own racially driven assault in the late hours of downtown Chicago, only for it to unfold before his very eyes. It turns out this clown hired two men and rehearsed the robbery with them. Phone records were traced, while eye witness accounts were given.  All in the sake of what, trying to gain some notoriety and grow your name out in Hollywood?

Originally the public dug the story and felt sorry for the 36-year-old actor.  But as the story started to gain more traction, people’s stories involved in this matter started to become suspicious. Hence Jesse went from being a victim to now becoming a laughingstock of the television and film industry. This should be a lesson to those who want to make it big in the entertainment business, that there are no shortcuts in this game and people will out you for trying to.

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So called '#Instagram #influencer', #MarcellaZoia 19, is charged with endangering life after being filmed throwing a CHAIR from 45th-floor balcony of her #Airbnb apartment in #Toronto #Canada —————– Marcella Zoia, 19, was filmed throwing a chair off the 45th floor balcony of a high-rise apartment building at 55 Bremner Boulevard in downtown Toronto on Saturday morning. —————– The chairs landed near the front entrance of the towering condo, but there were no reports of injuries. The apartment where the incident took place was reportedly an Airbnb rental unit. —————– Airbnb said that Zoia has never used the service. Nonetheless, the company did suspend the account of a guest who booked a reservation at the building. @video2fone #video2fone

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The  chair toss heard around the GTA.

Secondly you have Chair Girl aka Marcella Zoia, who seems to crave the spotlight.  In what seemed like a really funny video that would eventually go viral, has now turned into a disgraceful sign of embarrassment.  Where is her common sense?  Sure, she is only 19-years-old and is probably doing what most young teenagers do, but this is one of these circumstances where trying to be popular or getting a rise out of your friends becomes dangerous.  Luckily, the chair she threw off that condo balcony did not seriously injure a pedestrian or a driver on the road that day.

What we have learned from a story like Chair Girl is that everyone can get their 15 minutes of fame and can either A) grow into a larger attraction or B) fall into obscurity and become yesterday’s news.  Zoia’s story is definitely of negative light, but her youthful, rebellious attitude could blossom her into  a larger story.  News outlets will be glued to her in the upcoming months.  Personally, I think people will be fascinated with her and what she does next.  Her social media following has grown exponentially since she made headlines and will continue to grow once this is all said and done.

Real Talk.

In regards to social media use, sometimes we have to ask ourselves, do we know what we’re really doing? We all have social accounts, it’s up to all of us in how we portray ourselves online. Our close friends have an idea of who we really are, but there will be others on the outside who have no clue who we are. These people could be employers, someone trying to date you, stalkers and so on. What they Google about you gives them a different opinion.

Jessie Smollet and Marcella Zoia both become trending digital topics this month based on their actions.  Perhaps Smollet thought he could write a dramatic script that would garner public sympathy and boost his stock in Tinseltown. This looks like it could backfire in the long run. As for Chair Girl’s case, she’s just a young adult living her best life.  But simultaneously she might have stumbled onto a potential goldmine opportunity.  Don’t believe me? Just Google Bhad Bhabie.

Social media scandal inspired by Netflix show?

Scandal in the 6

This past month’s story involving six students from an all boys high school assaulting two fellow classmates, has been the talk of the town on social media. St. Michael’s College School is one of the most prestigious high schools in all of Canada. If you are not to up to date with this news story, here is a recap:

CityNews were the first media outlet to receive the disturbing videos.

Was the bullying inspired by 13 Reasons Why?

The details are certainly disturbing. While hazing and bullying are nothing new to adolescents, could it have been inspired from programming seen online?

Netflix’s controversial show 13 Reasons Why, takes a look at teenage pressure such as sexual, alcohol and drug abuse. It is quite possible that what happened at St. Mike’s could have been inspired from the hazing that character Tyler Down endured on the show:

This was the most controversial scene in season two of 13 Reasons Why.

What to do now?

It’s a terrible thing to see our youth emulate what they see on their devices.  I think bullying in general is never going to go away and with a medium like social media, we can react fast and raise attention.  In this case, the videos were briefly circulating on Instagram and it was a matter of time before the authorities got involved.

As for the school turning a blind eye originally, shame on them.  It took local news outlets to expose them for not paying attention to the school culture that goes within their hallways.  What they thought that was happening was just a small level of teasing, has now turned into a sexual assault case, with six students aged 15-17 being expelled for good.

Dear Summer ’18 Part 1

This past summer, I made it an effort to travel and enjoy life.  A lot of times…we just work, work and work.  I’m no different myself, having worked an average of 64 hours a week for the past year and a half.  I wanted to recap and share some of my travels this past summer, which I haven’t done in a while.  Let’s take a look.

Monday Night RAW (07-16-18)
Monday Night RAW

July 16 – WWE Monday Night RAW in Buffalo, New York

For those who know me,  I am a long time wrestling fan.  I don’t get out that much to watch the product in person, instead I follow online and catch up with the recaps through news boards.   An old friend of mine from my early dairy industry days, invited me for a one day mini road trip to Buffalo to catch RAW.   I agreed and told my friend Eddie that we were due for a reunion.

So I went on Stub Hub, bought some tickets for us (he has no idea I paid above market value for them lol) and got us ninth row ringside.   I figured if we were going to travel for an hour and a half across the border, we better have some decent seats!

Overall it was fun night, watching the current roster of wrestling superstars do their thing on Monday Night RAW.   We both agreed that Buffalo was our least favourite town for multiple reasons, but at the end of the day, it was about reconnecting, sharing some old stories and catching up on life.

Probably the biggest disappointment for me was the WiFi inside the arena, it was terrible!  It kept kicking you out after you logged in.  How am I supposed to share social media content with my audience?  I’m not using my own data in this town! Lol.  Check out some pictures and videos below.

Wayne Lapasa
Outside the arena, standing next to production trucks waiting for the show to start

With my friend Eddie, 21 years of friendship and counting
With my friend Eddie, 21 years of friendship and counting

Trying to find our way into backstage catering lol

Seth Rollins has one of the most energetic ring entrances in pro wrestling today

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