For the first time in recent memory, a celebrity’s old social media posts have resurfaced — and not because they were racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, homophobic or offensive.
This week, Taylor Swift fans dug up Travis Kelce’s old social media posts. But his thoughts on
Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs tight end and two-time Super Bowl champion, ‘experiences the most positive version of the Internet possible by digging up your tweets from 2011’ wrote Alison Herman, Variety critic.
In a message from 2010 who now has over 11,000 likes on the platform, Kelce posted that he didn’t want to work, preferring to “sleep in my bed and do nothing with my life!! » In another post from 2011 which now has over 25,000 likes, he described giving bread to a “squirrel” and how the animal “broke everything!!!! I didn’t know they ate bread like that!! Haha #crazy.
It’s not uncommon for fans to resurface old celebrity posts on social media. But for most messages that reappear, it’s usually because they were problematic. Chrissy Teigen, a model and cookbook author, for example, had a reputation for being funny online. But in 2021, some of his posts from the 2010s have surfaced. In these documents, she repeatedly harassed Courtney Stodden, a model who was 16 years old at the time.
Older posts from Iggy Azalea and Kevin Hart also got them in trouble. Azalea, an Australian rapper known for her song “Fancy,” pulled out of an appearance at Pittsburgh Pride in 2015 after her homophobic and racist messages from the early 2010s came to light. Hart, the comedian and actor, resigned as host of the 2019 Oscars after his homophobic posts dating back to around 2011 surfaced.
Given this track record, Swifties were pleasantly surprised to find that Kelce’s old posts were largely stupid.
In addition to his thoughts on squirrels and work, Kelce also published an article in 2010 on how much he loved going to IHOP and ordering the steak and eggs for breakfast, to which one user replied: “such a good ordering king.”
He hated the long lines at Chipotle and was excited about basketball matches and enjoyed the occasional good fettuccine Alfredo at the local Olive Garden.
One user wrote that his posts represented a simpler time on the platform: “Travis Kelce’s old tweets perfectly sum up what Twitter used to be,” they posted.
“Guys express themselves without fear of being judged during study hall.”
Still, many fans found reasons to mock the soccer star. Many pointed out the spelling mistakes he made in the messages, while others compared Kelce’s simple messages to the complex lyrics of the song “All Too Well” that 12-time Grammy winner Swift whose Eras tour broke concert records this year, was released around the same time. “Oh this himbo…I love him,” one user replied to a post that included a side-by-side.
“It’s very melodramatic, but there’s also this weird comedic side to it, which I don’t think he was doing on purpose,” said Bobbi Miller, cultural critic and host of the pop culture podcast, “The Afternoon Special.” . »
Fans likely did a lot of research at first because of the “precedent of the last two people Taylor dated,” Miller said, specifically referring to Matty Healy, who has been criticized for past racist and sexist comments.
The memes and discussions surrounding Kelce’s old posts are further evidence of the intrigue in the couple’s apparent budding relationship. Fans began speculating that the two were dating shortly before Swift started appearing at a few of Kelce’s football games in September. The two have also made frequent appearances together, including on Saturday Night Live and at Swift’s concert in Buenos Aires, where she changed the lyrics of a song apparently to refer to him.
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