If you're famous, and even if you're not, they can make your life miserable.
Be careful about what you write. Every word, every character, will be dissected and criticized.
Steve Martin tweeted what I'm sure was a very heartfelt reaction to the death of someone dear in his life.
From FOX News:
Steve Martin received backlash for a tribute he paid to Carrie Fisher on Twitter.The speech police flipped out. Talk about the chill wind of censorship!
On Tuesday, the comic wrote in a since-deleted tweet, "When I was a young man, Carrie Fisher was the most beautiful creature I had ever seen. She turned out to be witty and bright as well."
Media outlets and fans immediately turned on the comedian saying Martin’s tweet had a sexist undertone.
Could Martin's tweet be considered sexist?
Yes, I suppose if you consider any acknowledgement of physical beauty to be offensive, then it has a "sexist undertone." I guess we're all supposed to pretend we don't have eyes.
Is Martin not allowed to describe his experience as a young man and express his opinion, without coming under fire?
I'm sorry he deleted the tweet, though I'm sure he thought it was just some characters he didn't need to waste his time defending, especially while mourning the loss of Carrie Fisher.
You can't say anything online without being attacked by someone.
Part of the backlash to this sort of thing can be seen in support for Trump. On Election Day, Americans gave a collective "get the hell off my back" shout to the oppressors, the perpetually offended, angry, and politically correct.