Ryan Seacrest has over 8 million followers on Twitter.
Yeah…I don’t get it either.
But the fact is…he’s a popular dude and he’s got a serious following.
But here’s the deal.
With that following comes a certain RESPONSIBILITY not to say something stupid, insulting or dangerous.
Because people listen to you. What you say is important to them. You are filling a void in people’s lives.
So let’s say I’m not Gluten Dude for a brief moment and I’m just an average Joe living in Anywhere, USA and I’m a big American Idol fan. So naturally, I follow Ryan Seacrest on Twitter.
I’ve heard of gluten but don’t know much about it. From what I can tell from the tabloids I read, it’s just the latest fad diet.
Then I see Ryan Seacrest tweet the following:
“Ha ha ha ha ha ha…running from the gluten man. Man…I LOVE Ryan Seacrest…he’s just so…it!!”
And then one hour later, I see the following tweet from my main man Ryan:
“That is freakin’ awesome Ryan!! People who go gluten-free must be idiots. What a stupid fad diet anyway. Thanks Ryan for keeping it real!
Now multiply the average Joe by a million and you see my problem with this.
Many of those million will be your chef, waiter or waitress the next time you dine out.
They’ll be your host the next time you’re at someone’s house for a dinner party.
They think gluten is funny.
They don’t know it can be a killer.
It doesn’t matter that the celiac community jumped down his throat on Twitter (our community rocks as usual!). The masses will just think we’re being whiners.
So c’mon Ryan…take some responsibility…please.
Go back on Twitter and apologize. I’ll even write it out for you. All you need to do is copy and paste the following:
“Sorry folks. I messed up about the whole gluten thing. I wasn’t aware of the seriousness of celiac disease. Gluten is not a joke.”
Do it now Ryan.
Otherwise, I’ll have to pull a Kardashian on you.