Hollywood Reporter — “I don’t look at Twitter anymore. I tweet, but I do it through someone else,” she told host Kara Swisher, adding that she doesn’t even know her account password. “I really appreciate that anybody follows me at all, and so I didn’t want to cut off my relationship to it completely, but it really, truly wasn’t a safe space for me.”
She added, “Even if you think, like, ‘Oh I can read, like, 10 mentions that say I should be stoned to death and kind of, like, laugh and move on,’ that’s verbal abuse. Those aren’t words that should be directed at you ever. And so, for me personally, it was safer to stop [using Twitter].”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 29, 2015
What’s the old saying, if you can’t take the heat get out of the kitchen? Well, I guess Lena here is getting out of the kitchen. So touché for adhering to the suggestion of previously mentioned age-old saying?
If there’s one thing that I can understand, it’s leaving Twitter when you are Lena Dunham. No one wants to sit there and read awful things about yourself. I don’t care how independent or strong or thick-skinned you are; reading bad things about yourself sucks. So I get it.
What I don’t understand is announcing or saying that you have quit Twitter while you have someone else running your Twitter. That’s the kind of thing you don’t admit, you don’t announce, you don’t disclose.
Quitting a job? Yes, you have to announce that. You have to disclose that so that your company knows you no longer are working for them. Quitting Twitter and having someone else Twitter for you? That is not something that you have to disclose. There are only negative consequences to announcing that, like me blogging about it.
So quick piece of advice: if you quit Twitter and have someone else Twitter for you, do it silently. None of your followers that actually like what you tweet want to know that it’s not you tweeting. They don’t want to know that you couldn’t take it. They don’t want to know that you don’t know your password.
Quit? Sure. Announce that you’ve quit? Nope.
And thus ends today’s lesson in quitting Twitter and how to publicly handle the afterward.