Demi and Ashton: Tweeting a Breakup

The double-edged sword of social media can cut deep and wide.

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This is what we've come to as a social media/celebrity obsessed society: pondering the significance of tweets and trying to interpret their hidden meaning.

In case you haven't heard, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are pretty much done as a couple. While there hasn't been an official announcement, it's simply a matter of time. Unless of course, Demi is ok with Ashton cheating on her, which it appears he has. Oh, I so wish the denizens of Hollywood would sometimes be less predictable, it sucks always being right about things being wrong.

So here's a breakdown of events:

saraleal.jpgSeptember 26, a celeb site published an email detailing the events of a hookup Ashton Kutcher had with 22-year old Sara Leal (right). The dalliance took place sometime in the wee hours on Saturday night, September 24th, which coincidentally, is Ashton and Demi's 6th wedding anniversary. Ashton was photographed partying at nightclub Fluxx earlier in the evening, and then later allegedly hooked up with Leal at nearby Hard Rock Hotel.

Demitwit.jpgDemi, who's been in NY this week to promote her new Lifetime film project Five, was a no show at a previously scheduled event last night, and if her Twitter updates (left image) are any indication - though oblique as they may be - it's clear all is not well.
According to the Daily Mail, the woman at the center of the cheating scandal, Sara Leal, may be the same blond he was spotted with back in June. Leal has allegedly obtained an attorney, and was said to be either demanding $250k from Ashton to keep quiet about details of their relationship, or is looking for sell her story to the media.  At this point, her price might have to drop, as the details are coming out without her help.  Such is the way of the internet.

ashtontweet.jpgMeanwhile, Ashton, who famously became the unofficial spokesperson of Twitter (he has close to 7.8m followers and 7K+ tweets), has been mostly quiet on his personal life over the last few weeks. The exception was a cryptic jab at all the tabloid noise, and a link to his Spotify account playing Public Enemy's "Don't Believe The Hype."  Every other post in the last few days was promoting his new show Two and a Half Men, or philanthropic musings.  But rest assured, the world is watching and waiting for even a smattering of dirt. 

The irony of this Demi/AshtonTwitter/breakup saga is that this is what happens when you dance with the devil. Sure, social media is a great way to build your fame, broaden your audience and stay in touch with your fans.  It's also a great way to promote your projects and the pet causes you care about, but when you share too much, the beast is always hungry and won't be sated until you are destroyed.

The popular trend of celebs tweeting every minutia of their fabulous lives in 140 characters or less is dangerous from my perspective. It is simply one more step towards eroding the threadbare line which exists between the famous and the non-famous. 

We already live in a world where "celebrity" is based more or less on one's willingness to whore themselves out via shamelessness and gall, than via one's talent, and this illusion of access simply erodes the luster and quality of what is means to attain true fame. Call me old fashioned, but I miss the days when famous people were more talented, attractive and inaccessible than us regular folks.

What good is fame if any old Snooki can attain it?

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I have written and covered celebrity, entertainment and popular culture for over ten years. I also created celebrity web-site as part of the network. When both sites were purchased in 2008 by, she joined their editorial team as Entertainment Editor and then…

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