What’d you do this summer? Went to a shit ton of parties.
As someone who’s on Twitter at least 70 percent of the day, I’m probably a gold card holder to all the exclusive Twitter parties. What is a Twitter party you may ask? Well, according to Urban Dictionary a “twarty” (no one uses this word by the way) is where there’s a hashtag about something and “people, erm, “hang out” on Twitter and tweet mostly about the said theme.”
While some Twitter parties can be about shows or one’s favorite dad jokes, the most popular parties are the ones where someone is getting dragged, usually a celebrity. For those who are virgin Twitter partiers, here is a brief explanation to what happened during some of the biggest Twitter parties this summer of roasting.
Around August, a photo was spread around Twitter of Vine star, Nash Grier, direct messaging a fan saying, “kill yourself dirty Mexican.” While many fans defended Grier, this is one of many controversies the Viner’s gotten himself into as he also experienced backlash for a Vine he posted in 2014 where he insulted the LGBTQ+ community claiming HIV is a “gay thing,” releasing a video many referred to as misogynist, and have tweeted many controversial tweets in the past. Needless to say, this party wasn’t too lit as most party goers were wondering when Grier’s career even began.
While not the best party, it was still one filled with people ready to party as Demi Lovato upset many fans after posting a video of her mother joking about Zika virus on Snapchat. In the less than a minute long video, Lovato’s mother says to the camera, “Everybody down in Rio gonna get the Zika virus.” While Lovato released an apology about the incident, some fans are still upset over the whole thing.
You know it’s going to be a show when two exes walk into the middle of a party ready to start a commotion. And this was a party worth having had gone to. After the break-up of pop culture icons Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, the two had a public fight after Bieber made his account private after receiving backlash from posting pictures with his new girlfriend, Sofia Richie. In the comments section of his goodbye post, Gomez responded:
“If you can’t handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol — it should be a special between you two only. Don’t be mad at your fans. They love you. They were there for you before anyone.”
Bieber responded and the two continued the argument in the comments section on the post, including Gomez accusing Bieber of cheating while they were dating. Bieber deactivated his Instagram account shortly.
Charlie Puth, known for hits including the theme for “Furious 7” and his song “We Don’t Talk Anymore” with Selena Gomez, was over when a message was released of Puth sending a fan a message reading “die” through Twitter before he blocked them. Again, similar to Nash Grier’s party it wasn’t much of a party due to Puth’s career just beginning. But hey, a party is a party.
Former Magcon member Jack Johnson, of Jack and Jack, received backlash after the release of a Snapchat where Johnson was said to have said the “n” word, while people also brought up past racist tweets Johnson wrote that included him saying, “Black girls petrify me.”
While this party got intense, with many people trying to decide the legitimacy of whether or not Johnson did say the “n” word — a large majority of partygoers were also confused as they assumed the party was for the other Jack Johnson who sang about “Banana Pancakes” and “Curious George.” Needless to say, once people realized it wasn’t, quite a few of them left early.
Lastly, if there was one Twitter party you should not have missed it was this one. This classic revenge plot went like this: Taylor Swift, the music industry’s sweetheart, was exposed by Kim Kardashian after the reality star revealed video evidence of Swift giving her okay on the racy line in Kardashian’s husband Kanye West’s single “Famous” on Snapchat.
Kardashian hinted many days she was up to something, mentioning multiple times of it being “National Snake Day” and telling her followers they really should follow her on Snapchat. And while Swift’s reps denied her of ever agreeing to the exchange, she then posted a note on Instagram saying she hadn’t heard the finished song before it was released and just didn’t approve being called “that bitch.”
The amount of memes and jokes spun from this party (hiss hiss) has definitely put it up there as the “Project X” of Twitter parties
While those are only a handful of parties that happened this summer, the rest really aren’t worth mentioning — we’re looking at you #MileyCyrusisOverParty. Either way, the fall season for Twitter parties is bound to get just as lit. Who can say no to a good roast?