Twitter Users Express Disapproval Over Celebrity Mental Health Stories

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One user brought up the point that everyone pays attention to celebrities’ mental health, but not to the regular people in their lives.

Many celebrities have been speaking out about their struggles with mental health. However, some Twitter users have expressed their disapproval of this, claiming that it is for self-promotion and that no one cares when it’s a non-celebrity.

Celebrities have increasingly opened up about their mental health. In recent years, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez have come out about their struggles. For Mental Health Month in May, several others (including Kendall Jenner, Big Sean, and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child) have further revealed insights into their mental illness. Perhaps two of the biggest celebrity stories surrounding mental health this year came from Meghan Markle and Britney Spears. Markle spoke to Oprah Winfrey about her battle with depression and suicidal thoughts. Spears was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has been under a conservatorship for over a decade, which she reported was abusive.

While many fans applaud these stars for speaking up, others are skeptical. Some Twitter users have expressed this through passionate tweets, some even speaking about their own experiences.

One user brought up the point that everyone pays attention to celebrities’ mental health, but not to the regular people in their lives.

I also think it’s interesting when a celebrity is struggling with something like mental health suddenly everyone is backing them but when your friend or your neighbor is struggling with #mentalhealth you’re recording it and trying to put it on TikTok or YouTube. 😐

— essievcollins (@esthervictoriac) June 26, 2021

Others also state that although some celebrities may struggle with mental illness, they still have so much more at their disposable than do non-celebrities (likely referring to their finances, teams of people and fans advocating for their rights and access to the best private care).

I’ve been abused far more than any celebrity ever has been. But do I get a day in court? Do I get to have everything taken care of for me for my betterment or not? What about all those with no voice who are abused way worse than Britney ever could be?

— klumpwad (@AaronPa86465757) June 26, 2021

Non-celebrity Twitter users aren’t the only ones to express this viewpoint, though. Journalist Piers Morgan also infamously criticized celebrities for speaking about mental health. In a tweet in May, the controversial Morgan wrote:

I’m curious to know just how much money famous ‘mental health campaigners’ are making from constantly preaching about it & exploiting their myriad ‘problems’ – and what percentage of that money they give to mental health charities.

Celebrity victimhood is a lucrative business.

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 11, 2021

He received mixed reactions for the tweet, with both backlash and others chiming in with agreement.

Even weeks after the tweet, Twitter users express similar views.

celebrities get tv time to talk mental health and almost every time it’s actually a book promotion. #MentalHealthMatters

— David Thomas (@DavidTh11637657) June 25, 2021

Those who disagreed with Morgan and those of similar opinions typically claim that celebrities have inspired them to speak about their own mental health issues and to seek help. Many others also argue that it does not matter how much money a person has, mental illness does not discriminate.

Your mental health does not care how much money or fame you got or what status you have. Anyone can have suicidal thoughts or tendencies. Stop discrediting celebrities or wealthy people’s mental health because someone else have their own struggles.

— Queen Nia 🦋🧚🏾💎💙 (@niaalique) March 8, 2021

Regardless of the conflicting opinions on the matter, celebrities speaking up about their mental illnesses does spark important conversations and brings mental health to the forefront of social media.

Fans of particular celebrities have also stated that they no longer feel alone after hearing their role models coming out about their mental health struggles. Furthermore, many celebrities have contributed financially to mental health causes, which they are not required to do.

Next: Here’s Why Britney Spears Fans Think She Doesn’t Need A Conservatorship



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