Model Chrissy Teigen’s most popular tweet this month isn’t a snapshot of her daughter or a video of her musician husband John Legend serenading her. It’s a photo of President Donald Trump’s account.
On Tuesday, the television personality tweeted out a screenshot showing that she had been blocked from viewing Trump’s tweets. So far, Teigen’s post has been liked nearly 800,000 times and was retweeted by more than 200,000 accounts.
In recent months, other celebrities such as author Stephen King and Star Trek actress Marina Sirtis, as well as a host of other people have also reported being blocked by Trump on the social media platform. Wired magazine even has a running list of people the president has blocked.
But rather than being an insult that makes people cower in shame, getting blocked on social media has become a badge of honor of sorts for many people. Social media users have giddily posted about this online slight when it comes to a wide range of celebrities, from Bill Cosby to Ryan Seacrest.
There’s a degree of narcissism behind the compulsion to be proud of getting blocked, said Fran Walfish, a psychotherapist based in Beverly Hills, Calif., who works with “regular” people and celebrities alike. In other words, it’s a way of tasting fame, albeit fleetingly.
“Regular folks feel a sense of inflated self-importance, grandeur and power when they feel they can get closer in proximity to a name celebrity,” Walfish said. “Just the fact that they have provoked the celebrity to give a response — even a rejection — makes them feel a distorted sense of self-importance.”
This trend is akin, in many ways, to more traditional forms of trolling, said Andrea Weckerle, founder of CiviliNation, a nonprofit charity organization working to combat online harassment. Trolling is when people post purposefully offensive or provocative content to upset someone else, and historically it has been done anonymously. That, however, has changed in…