Social media can be a cruel place for celebrities. Followers feel empowered to share their unfiltered opinions, and some hit below the belt so often it feels like a sport. From name-calling to cursing family members to criticizing a celeb’s every flaw, nothing’s off limit on some social media accounts. Yaya Dacosta decided that the negativity was too much for her to take after she was hit with excessive backlash on Whitney Houston’s birthday (August 9th).

Yaya, who will play Whitney Houston in her upcoming Lifetime biopic, commemorated the singer’s special day by posting consecutive photos of the fallen superstar. Yaya was met by a flood of disparaging remarks, criticizing the casting.

In response, she’s walking away from social media altogether. She wrote:

“Although I’m a private person by nature, I reluctantly heeded the advice of seemingly knowledgeable socialistas who insist that these outlets- Instagram, Twitter etc.- are the new way. “Connect with your fans”, they say. So I swam out of my cozy cave a little, shared a little, held hands a little- only to have those hands of strangers squeeze and pull and punch. They steal your photos, miss the message, and point to delusion. I’m simply an actor for hire- like Whitney would say, just a human being. Until the consumers we pour our hearts out to on stage or on a movie screen learn that “artist” is not a synonym for “punching back”, I’m going back in. Back to basics. Back to instincts. Protecting my family. Projecting only what the public can handle. When we meet in person, love, humanity, and shared light, are real. But as long as ugly, unhappy people sit their happy meal asses on fat couches and spit venom to make themselves feel better, I swim. Thanking God for my beautiful, beautiful family.”

What do you think about Yaya’s decision? Will other celebs begin to follow suit?

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