Although at the moment, life lessons and Azealia Banks do not seem to go hand in hand, there is a lot to be learned from her recent actions. Banks is known for twitter rants, or rants in general. She’s very outspoken and has an opinion on almost everything. This isn’t a bad thing. In fact, this quality makes for a very well-rounded woman. It does suck, however, when most of your opinions are accompanied with insults. Most recently, Azealia Banks, felt as though she’d been copied by newly solo R&B/Pop star, Zayn Malik. With still images of her video alongside stills of Zayn’s, she went on a very derogatory and quite racist rant against Zayn.
It didn’t stop there. In response to the debacle, 14 year old Disney star, Skai Jackson, tweeted “Azealia needs to simmer down a little” and the lid blew from there. Since the infamous twitter spat, Banks’ twitter account has been suspended, but there are a few lessons to be learned here.
1. Filter your words the way your filter your photos.
Your social media account is your brand. That isn’t to say that you shouldn’t be yourself on social media. Just be mindful of the words that you spew or type Your words can, and most likely, will, become synonymous with your name. The things you say come back to bite you if it’s negative. The first thing that comes to your mind isn’t always the best things to say.
2. Call someone out tastefully.
That little DM button works for a reason. If someone has done something to offend you and it needs to be addressed. It’s best to address them directly in a message. If you are the “IDGAF” type, then maybe calling a person out publicly on social media isn’t a big deal. Do, however, prepare yourself for the opinions and input of others that you’ve invited into the conversation.
3. Clean your closet before you call someone else’s dirty.
Speaking your mind whenever and however you want to can be liberating. In fact, it’s addicting. I know this from experience. That feeling, however, quickly dies when you’re being called a hypocrite five minutes later because, guess what, you’re not perfect either. If you are going to speak on what someone should or should not do, make your all of your ducks are in a row.
There is no perfect way to conduct yourself on social media, but there is definitely a wrong way. You don’t want to be that person that amasses followers on social media because you’re full of drama. Just because the world loves drama, doesn’t mean it loves you. Chances are they aren’t laughing with you, they’re laughing at you.