Adam Lambert is taking some flak for saying MTV’s “Teen Mom” glorifies “white trash,” but he doesn’t seem to mind.
Wednesday, the outspoken glam rocker took to his official Twitter account to comment: “This Teen Mom show on MTV is so depressing. I know it’s ‘real life’ but shouldn’t there be programming that inspires kids to shoot higher? #glorifyingwhitetrash”
The ex-”American Idol” lightening rod later clarified that he didn’t mean all teen moms are “white trash.” “Don’t misunderstand. Yet, most of the ones on that show seem to be. I do, however, think they’re are being exploited a bit,” he tweeted yesterday.
His latest tweet admitted he lost some of his roughly 811,500 followers as the result of his comments. “Woah I lost some followers yesterday cuz I had a valid opinion about a tv show. Hahah.” #sensitivesallies #AdammustalwaysbePC.”
A new study from Northwestern University says that the tweets of celebrities, including Lambert specifically, had a big impact on news stories in 2010, such as the earthquake in Haiti. “For the topic of Haiti … singer Adam Lambert was the most influential tweeter. For the Chilean miner rescue topic, comedian Conan O’Brien was the most influential, and singer Ricky Martin was number two,” study leader Alok Choudhary, the chair of the electrical engineering and computer science department, told Reuters.
A celebrity is more likely to have an impact on a major event if he or she has a large, active following on Twitter, if they are credible, and also have a passionate interest in what they are tweeting about, Reuters summarized.
Twitter recently released a list of the 50 most recommended accounts, listing Lambert at No. 17.
So does this mean Adam Lambert has the power to sway public opinion on “Teen Mom”? Do you agree or disagree with his assessment of the show? Does what celebrities tweet influence your view of things? Comment below.