Instagram, for some people, has become yet another bane of social media existence. What was once a place for sharing struggle plates, selfies and photos of trees, is now a place where Solange Knowles just doesn’t feel comfortable sharing any more.
Knowles recently sat down with Angel Laws of Concrete Loop and discussed everything from the recording process of her new album, parenthood and her new record label, Saint Records. She also touched upon why she packed up her selfies, photos of her son Jules, and peaced out the photo sharing site:
“I’ve always been a part of a very accessible kind of movement of technology. I was on Twitter very early on. I don’t know, a part of me just kind of turns an eye to it, and a part of me really feels like the humanization of artists has really just been stripped down. One of the reasons I went off of Instagram — because I was on there for a little while — is because, you know, I would post pictures of my son or my friends, and they’d be criticized. My whole thing is that I’m completely, fully capable of handling negativity for myself. But to put that kind of access to negativity behind people who didn’t even ask for it was really troubling to me.”
Solange didn’t rehash any of the negative feedback she received, but we all know people can be crappy, especially when they’re behind a keyboard. Because, it’s the internet.
“Exclusive With Solange Knowles” [Concrete Loop]