Lady Gaga’s Twitter blunder and why speculating about suicide after a celebrity death is problematic

Galway, Karen and Mallon, Sharon (2018). Lady Gaga’s Twitter blunder and why speculating about suicide after a celebrity death is problematic. The Conversation.

URL: https://theconversation.com/lady-gagas-twitter-blu...

Abstract

Lady Gaga’s apology “if I spoke too soon” about the tragic passing of Rick Genest – a Canadian artist, actor, and fashion model, also known as Zombie Boy – highlights how difficult it can be to talk about sudden and unexpected deaths.

The superstar who has 76m Twitter followers, retracted tweets that referred to Genest’s death as suicide and apologised after Genest’s manager reported that his family believe the death was an accident. She went on to write: “I in no way meant to draw an unjust conclusion.”

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