Here is the list of the year’s biggest social media celebrities.
SUSHANT SINGH RAJPUT
His death played out like loud drama on news TV, and the fallout was direct on social media. Fan clubs took over, venting ire on everyone from his girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, to her mentor Mahesh Bhatt to Bollywood’s nepotism brigade. No one was spared. Sushant must be a rare celebrity who became a bigger social media celebrity after death than he was while he lived.
With a strong “ARMY” of fans constantly backing them, the South Korean boy band is generally among the biggest topics of discussion on social media. This year was more special as they created history. The band, comprising RM, Jin, Jimin, V, Suga and Jungkook, topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Dynamite”. It is their first single sung entirely in English. Their new single “Life goes on” also bagged the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100.
The “Black Panther” star died in August after silently fighting colon cancer. The final tweet, posted on his verified account, announcing his demise got as many as 7.5 million likes. Many left RIP messages including his “Avengers” co-star Mark Ruffalo, who commented: “It was the highest honor getting to work with you and getting to know you. What a generous and sincere human being.
In September, the “Captain America” star posted an explicit photo by mistake. Even though it was quickly deleted, it got many reactions on social media. He didn’t immediately address it, but days later he tweeted: “Now that I have your attention.VOTE Nov 3rd!” That again, became a popular tweet. It got about 1.2 million likes.
Earlier this month, the “Black Panther” star shared a post on Covid-19 vaccine. The video tweeted by her featured host Tomi Arayomi expressing scepticism about vaccines in general and specifically the one for the coronavirus. Netizens soon criticised her for sharing the video. She went on to respond to many fan messages. But soon, she deleted her Instagram and Twitter accounts.
The “Juno” star, formerly known as Ellen Page, recently came out as transgender and introduced himself as Elliot Page. The tweet got 1.8 million likes, and the news was received warmly by many. Some heaped praise on him for being an “inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people.