Social media has without a doubt has played a huge role in allowing fans to get in touch with their favorite actors and actresses in a way that was not possible before. It could be something as simple as letting them know how much they liked their performance or something as distasteful as how much they dislike them. For some things can get so bad that they have to close their accounts or disable certain comment functions to stop the negativity. For example was saw social media’s negative reaction to the casting of Ruby Rose as Batwomam in the Arrowverse or Anna Diop’s Starfire look on DC Universe’s Titans.
But how is social media being used by some of pop culture’s favorite talent? During a round table interview for Batman: The Animated Series at this year’s New York ComicCon, The Comic Source’s Jace had the opportunity to attend and talk with Tara Strong, the voice of Barabra Gordon aka Batgirl and so many other animated characters, about the way she views social media.
She was asked to comment on the evolution of social media, since it did no exist at the time that Batman: The Animated Series hit television sets in the 90’s.
“I’m a really good at social media, not to toot my own horn. But, I like sharing with the fans and connecting with them. I think Twitter is, sometimes a scary place, but I think the good outweighs the bad, in terms of connecting with fans. It’s given people a way to really communicate with these people that mean so much to them, and for me it’s a way to be really charitable too. I’ve raised half a million dollars for kids with cancer on my Twitter. A couple hundred thousand for animal rescue.”
We all can see actors and actresses everyday using their social media to promote whatever cause they believe in. But for Strong it has been a place where she has actually been able to affect lives, literally.
“It feels good to be using it for good on top of connecting with fans, who have been suicidal, have been in dark places, and they reach out because they love me, or a character that I’ve done. And I’ll follow them back and talk to them, and talk them off a cliff”, Strong said. She went on to share a story about fan that she was able to reach out to and possibly save his life.
“I had one kid this year that said, ‘No one cares. I’m going to buy a gun.’ And 20 minutes later he posted a picture on the gun, 20 minutes later. And then, he said, ‘I’m driving here.’ And I DM him, because he had reached out earlier, and I said, ‘What’s going on buddy?’ And he said, ‘I’m ending it.’ And I said, ‘Can I call you?’ And I was thinking, He’s not going to give me his number, and he did. He said, ‘You have ten minutes before I blow my brains out.'”
Strong then told the roundtable the results of her efforts, “Okay. I reached out, and we spoke. He’s doing great and sometimes when people are in crisis it takes one person to care. And that’s what social media gives you, it gives you access to maybe that one person that’ll care.”
If you follow Strong on social media then you know how active she is daily. But as we can see by the story above, it would seem that she goes above and beyond to show how much she cares about her fans. Like her we can all do our best to be a positive influence on social media because you never know who’s life you can be affecting.
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