Several social media platforms exist in today’s generation. The likes of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, and WhatsApp have grown immensely in their consumer base over the past few years.
Celebrities also haven’t been left out from using its seemingly endless reach to connect with their fans, friends, and family. Interestingly, they enjoy the most benefits from having many followers as they get paid for ads and brand activities.
Despite its financial rewards, some celebs have opined that the technology poses more harm than good. One, James Lee Curtis has likened it to be a ‘cancer whose tentacles penetrate every part of society.’
Others have also purported that its unchecked freedom gives voice to misguided and malicious individuals.
Read on to see Curtis’s view on social media alongside other celebs.
Curtis Has Long Distance Affair With Social Media
Curtis is an avid social media user. On Instagram alone, she has amassed over three million followers. However, the “Halloween Kills” actor recently divulged the restrictions she sets for her use of social media apps.
“I use social media to sell things and amplify things I care about,” Curtis shared with ET Canada.
“The rest is cancer. I never read one comment. It’s also very dangerous. It’s like giving a chainsaw to a toddler.”
In addition, she stated social media’s ill effects play out in the lives of people who grew up in this era.
“We just don’t know the longitudinal effect, mentally, spiritually, and physically, on a generation of young people who are in agony because of social media, because of the comparisons to others,” Curtis declared.
“All of us who are old enough know that it’s all a lie. It’s a real danger to young people.”
Social Media Fake Lives
Still, in the interview, the BAFTA Award winner shared her opinion on how social media urges people to live and flaunt fake lives.
She cited herself as an example, reflecting on how keeping up appearances could make many choose to change their body features, all in a bid to achieve an artificial and unsustainable sense of beauty.
“I tried plastic surgery and it didn’t work. It got me addicted to Vicodin. I’m 22 years sober now,” the 62-year-old divulged.
“The current trend of fillers and procedures, and this obsession with filtering, and the things that we do to adjust our appearance on Zoom are wiping out generations of beauty. Once you mess with your face, you can’t get it back.”
Selena Gomez Shares Similar Views With Curtis
Apparently, A-list celeb Selena Gomez also acknowledged that social media could be detrimental. While she might have one of the largest following on Instagram, the “Only Murders in the Building” star will rather choose a life without Instagram if given a choice.
“Oh gosh!” Gomez exclaimed. “I think I’d have a lot of people not liking me for saying yes. If I could find a balanced, happy medium that would be great, but I would be lying if I said that it isn’t destroying some of my generation, their identity.”
Her next words also echoed Curtis’s view on keeping up appearances using artificial means.
“It’s a huge part of why I named my album “Rare,” because there’s so much pressure to look the same as everyone else.”
Curtis’ Cancer Scare
Away from social media to reality, the Golden Globe Award Winner once battled the same gripping fear that has confronted many women today.
At age 40, her doctor found a lump in her breast, and she had to go in for a diagnosis to determine if it was breast cancer.
“My memory of it was the waiting in that room for the diagnosis,” she said.
“When I remember about it and the reason why I’ve tried to stay active is that moment of feeling so alone. It is a moment of truth. I’m incredibly lucky, but I’ll never forget that moment.”
Although the lump was benign, the moment had a lasting impact on the actress. It spurred her to engage in several sensitization programs to help other women fight for a future where breast cancer is no longer an issue.