NEW DELHI – Celebrities have hundreds of thousands of followers on numerous social media platforms. In 2020, a few of the stars managed to achieve extra traction than the others owing to controversial statements they made in addition to essential bulletins.
Right here’s IANS record of the 12 months’s largest social media celebrities:
SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT
His loss of life performed out like a loud drama on information channels, and the fallout was direct on social media. Fan golf equipment took over, venting ire on everybody from his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty to her mentor Mahesh Bhatt to Bollywood’s nepotism brigade. Nobody was spared.
As Sushant’s relations – notably, sister Shweta Singh Kirti – went viral every day sharing nostalgia and updates in regards to the investigation of his loss of life, others like Kangana Ranaut, Ankita Lokhande and Shekhar Suman obtained large hits on their respective social media pages by merely discussing or posting about Sushant. #Justiceforsushant started trending quickly after his loss of life on June 14, and continues to be a mentioned matter six months after his loss of life, because the probe continues to be on. Sushant turned a much bigger social media celeb after loss of life than he was whereas he was alive.
For years, her social media accounts had been dealt with by her staff. In 2020, she determined to affix Twitter saying: “This 12 months, I’ve seen the facility of social media, and I noticed that how the entire world has come collectively within the combat for Sushant (Singh Rajput), and we have now gained success… All this has given me plenty of hope, and I’ve an aspiration that by means of this we will launch reforms for brand new India… and that’s the reason for the primary time I’ve come on Twitter.”
Ever since she took over her social media, she has been both successful hearts or getting slammed by folks, together with her fraternity members for sharing her robust opinions on nepotism, drug menace in Bollywood and extra. Her newest struggle on Twitter is ongoing with Punjabi star Diljit Dosanjh over farmers’ protest.
Quickly after Sushant Singh Rajput’s loss of life in June, many celebrities expressed their grief on social media. Johar was one among them. However the tribute didn’t go down too properly with the late actor’s followers amidst the entire nepotism debate. The filmmaker, who has labored with many star children like Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Ananya Panday, was slammed for casting celebrities’ youngsters and never proficient outsiders like Sushant. In reality, he continues to be focused on-line. At any time when he posts about his private or skilled life on social media, Sushant’s followers remind Johar in regards to the late actor.
In August, a commerce professional introduced on Twitter that Sanjay Dutt has been identified with lung most cancers. Whereas some netizens wished for his speedy restoration, others didn’t have variety phrases to say and trolled him for being a star child and former drug addict. Across the identical time, the trailer of his movie “Sadak 2,” additionally starring Alia Bhatt, was unveiled. Amid the raging discuss of nepotism, the trailer obtained on the spot dislikes. Netizens made enjoyable of it with memes. Then in October, Dutt shared along with his followers that he had “come out victorious” in his battle with most cancers. Some alleged that every one this whereas he was “faking” his sickness, however most individuals showered him with heat needs. In any case, the widespread response he drew made Dutt one of many most-discussed Indian celebrities on-line this 12 months.
Nicely, speaking about fakes, singer Neha Kakkar, who has over 50 million followers on Instagram, is aware of learn how to do it in type. She just lately made headlines by posting her photograph with a pregnant stomach. It turned out to be a pretend stunt to advertise a brand new music. Simply weeks earlier than, Kakkar was discuss of the city for marrying singer Rohanpreet Singh. Earlier than the wedding ceremony images got here out, many thought it was only a gimmick, as earlier she was concerned in a marriage publicity stunt with singer-show host Aditya Narayan.
With a powerful “ARMY” of followers consistently backing them, the South Korean boy band is usually among the many largest subjects of dialogue on social media. This 12 months was extra particular as they created historical past. The band, comprising RM, Jin, Jimin, V, Suga and Jungkook, topped the Billboard Sizzling 100 chart with “Dynamite.” It’s their first single sung completely in English. Followers poured their love and celebrated the achievement by speaking about it on social media platforms. A number of weeks in the past, they earned a 2021 Grammy Awards nomination within the Greatest Pop Duo/Group Efficiency class. As a lot because it was a dream for the band to get nominated in a significant Grammy class, it was an enormous second for his or her admirers, too. What’s extra? Their new single “Life goes on” additionally bagged the highest spot of the Billboard Sizzling 100.
The “Black Panther” star died in August after silently preventing colon most cancers. The ultimate tweet, posted on his verified account, asserting his demise obtained as many as 7.5 million likes. Many left RIP messages together with his “Avengers” co-star Mark Ruffalo, who commented: “It was the best honor attending to work with you and attending to know you. What a beneficiant and honest human being. You believed within the sacred nature of the work and gave your all. A lot like to your loved ones. And far love from all of us left right here.”
In September, the “Captain America” star posted an specific photograph by mistake. Although it was shortly deleted, it obtained many reactions on social media. He didn’t instantly tackle it, however days later he tweeted: “Now that I’ve your consideration. VOTE Nov third!” That once more, turned a well-liked tweet. It obtained about 1.2 million likes.
Earlier this month, the “Black Panther” star shared a submit on Covid-19 vaccine. The video tweeted by her featured host Tomi Arayomi expressing skepticism about vaccines on the whole and particularly the one for the coronavirus. Netizens quickly criticized her for sharing the video. She appeared to be taking all of the criticism properly for a while as she went on to reply to many fan messages. However quickly, she deleted her Instagram and Twitter accounts.
The “Juno” star, previously generally known as Ellen Web page, just lately got here out as transgender and launched himself as Elliot Web page. The tweet obtained 1.8 million likes, and the information was obtained warmly by many. Some heaped reward on him for being an “inspiration to numerous trans and non-binary folks.”