Celebrities have hundreds of thousands of followers on varied social media platforms. In 2020, among the stars managed to realize extra traction than others owing to controversial statements they made in addition to vital bulletins.
Right here’s IANS record of the yr’s greatest social media celebrities:
SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT
His demise performed out like loud drama on information TV, 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 concerning the investigation of his demise, others like Kangana Ranaut, Ankita Lokhande, and Shekhar Suman received massive hits on their respective social media pages by merely discussing or posting about Sushant. #Justiceforsushant started trending quickly after his demise on June 14 and continues to be a mentioned matter six months after his demise, because the probe remains to be on. Sushant should be a uncommon celeb who grew to become an even bigger social media celeb after demise than he was whereas he lived.
For years, her social media accounts had been dealt with by her staff. In 2020, she determined to hitch Twitter saying: “This yr, I’ve seen the ability 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 a number of hope, and I’ve an aspiration that by this we will launch reforms for brand new India… and that’s for the primary time I’ve come on Twitter.”
Ever since she took over managing her social media, she both gained hearts or received 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 demise in June, many celebrities expressed their grief on social media. Karan was one in all them. However the tribute didn’t go down too nicely 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’ kids and never gifted outsiders like Sushant. The truth is, Karan 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 Karan concerning the late actor.
In August, a commerce professional introduced on Twitter that Sanjay Dutt has been recognized with lung most cancers. Whereas some netizens wished for his speedy restoration, others didn’t have form 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 received immediate dislikes. Netizens made enjoyable of it with memes. Then in October, Sanjay shared together 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 yr.
Effectively, speaking about fakes, singer Neha Kakkar, who has over 50 million followers on Instagram, is aware of the way to do it in fashion. 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, Neha was discuss of the city for marrying singer Rohanpreet Singh. Earlier than the wedding ceremony pictures 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 continually backing them, the South Korean boy band is mostly among the many greatest subjects of debate on social media. This yr 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 totally in English. Followers poured their love and celebrated the achievement by speaking about it on social media platforms. Just a few weeks in the past, they earned a 2021 Grammy Awards nomination within the Finest 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 a giant 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 received 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. Though it was shortly deleted, it received many reactions on social media. He didn’t instantly deal with it, however days later he tweeted: “Now that I’ve your consideration….VOTE Nov third!” That once more, grew to become a well-liked tweet. It received 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 scepticism about vaccines on the whole and particularly the one for the coronavirus. Netizens quickly criticised her for sharing the video. She gave the impression to be taking all of the criticism nicely for a while as she went on to answer many fan messages. However quickly, she deleted her Instagram and Twitter accounts.
The “Juno” star, previously often known as Ellen Web page, just lately got here out as transgender and launched himself as Elliot Web page. The tweet received 1.8 million likes, and the information was acquired warmly by many. Some heaped reward on him for being an “inspiration to numerous trans and non-binary folks”.