[now a word or two]

words mean things

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clapback season: top 7 social media rebuttals

jussie smollett clapback ellen gif


To read:
The act of engaging with a book
To swiftly, succinctly and with the fire of a thousand suns to ether someones argument.
One can be read for blood or for filth. The read does not have to be long, just render the readee speechless and unable to reply.

Synonym: Clapback. 

When someone comes at you, you are supposed to take the higher road. But sometimes.. you just want to want to use words to shame and put someone back in their place.

When warranted, I enjoy a good read. Hell, there’s a whole podcast based on the art, science and entertainment of reading someone. As a lover of words as weapons of mass destruction – it pleases me when someone wields it like a sword in a duel. One quick jab – and it’s over. 

Social media, brings out the good, bad and evil in people. It brings out the brave and the cowardly. In many cases, people seem to think that celebrities aren’t still people with feelings. That sometimes include anger.

Thankfully, some celebs choose to write back. My faves aren’t mean girl based comments with no objective other than to be mean. They are usually as a result of a direct attack on a person, and the reply is just so delicious. 

In no particular order:

When someone tried to question Oprah’s support of Black people and she ethered his entire life with 3 words. (actually 2 words and a letter)





oprah tweet back and u sir

When Jesse Williams became #activistbae


jesse williams ferguson tweetback
When poets reminds us of the sociological nature and statistics of crimes
black on black crime rebuked
When P!nk reminds us that she has always been and shall always be a badass
(also for the record, she can do sing while hanging upside down. so….)
When Shonda “I own the entire ABC network” Rhimes can’t even. And doesn’t.

When Theo makes his fake-mom the lawyer proud with this analogy
Malcolm-Jamal Warner (@MalcolmJamalWar)
U don’t take it personal if sum 1 says “My mom is the best mom in the world” but get bent out of shape hearing#BlackLivesMatter? ✔ urself.

When Michael B. Jordan brushes that dirt off his shoulders

Sometimes you have to be the person who stands up and says, “I’ll be the one to shoulder all this hate. I’ll take the brunt for the next couple of generations.” I put that responsibility on myself. People are always going to see each other in terms of race, but maybe in the future we won’t talk about it as much. Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles, and maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that “it has to be true to the comic book.” Or maybe we have to reach past them.

seems appropriate
seems appropriate

In the end, as long as celebrities are in the public eye, they will unfortunately have to deal with people believing they have a right to insult or come at them. 

As a sometimes defensive person myself, I applaud each of these particular examples of rising above, but succinctly reminding people to check oneself.


What’s your word? Do you believe that cliche about not fighting with pigs/stooping to another person’s level? Do you lose respect when a person responds to trolling type messages? 

PS: I would’ve given Amber Rose and #dontpanic a mention here, but if that had been the end of the tweets and messages – it would’ve been Oprah levels. Instead she kept pummelling away and it got to almost sad levels. 


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