Somizi took to his Instagram to also acknowledge how dangerous and toxic the world of social media had become following the death of Patrick Shai. He expressed his sadness at losing such an icon and linked it to cyberbullying. He also spoke about how only three men in the spotlight have all died from suicide in January.
Somizi talked about how he was also affected by social media before, facing the cancel culture and how that nearly lost him work. Famous accounts on social media have especially been called into question.
In light of Patrick Shai’s shocking, untimely death on Saturday, the toxicity of social media has been thrust into the forefront.
As we all know, Shai made news days before this tragedy, when he challenged Cassper Nyovest to a fight in the ring. Patrick was crucified by social media for his methods and ended up trending for all the wrong reasons.
After the news of his death broke, the same social media couldn’t help but find a link between the events of the week and his death. Users started pointing fingers at each other for causing Shai’s death.
Patrick was accused of chasing clout and trying to get paid by challenging Cassper, and he was threatened with the cancel culture that has now become a thing on social media.
Some can’t help but feel that Patrick Shai suffered the wrath of social media. They have gone to quote things that were said to him after the now-famous videos he sent, including the one he apologizes to Cassper Nyovest.
Somizi knows very well that one must be careful of what they put out online these days. He has been made to take a break from many shows after audio files of his now estranged husband Mohale Motaung talking about their private affairs were leaked.
Patrick was a GBV activist, and he encouraged men to talk with his (Khuluma Ndoda) campaign.
Social media attacked that as well.
The wrath of social media also hit an American musician Ari Lennox who was caught in a bitter fight with social media users after her interview with MacG went utterly wrong. She ended up having to block Tweeps from going into her account.
Somizi encouraged people to reach out and not suffer alone, saying that Mr Patrick was also pushing until he lost his life.
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