In case you missed it, actress Lili Reinhart is v over people “bullying” her boyfriend and Riverdale co-star Cole Sprouse on Twitter. The couple just had to deal with death threats related to rumours that Sprouse was cheating on Reinhart, before being met with the ridiculous yet harmful Twitter hashtag: #colesprouseisoverparty.
And really, this story is everything that’s wrong with stan Twitter.
What exactly is #colesprouseisoverparty?
The hashtag follows the formula of the ‘X is over party’ phenomenon, where stan Twitter will ‘cancel’ someone they deem as ‘problematic’ using one centralised hashtag (previous targets have included #shawnmendesisoverparty and #brettrockmanisoverparty). Meaning, the #colesprouseisoverparty tag doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with Sprouse himself. Instead, his name and popularity was used by stan Twitter to create confusion and promote their own fancams.
After the hashtag went viral over the weekend, people started sharing harmful and alleged accusations about Sprouse as a Trump supporter and abuser (without any actual sound evidence except anonymous posts on Tumblr to which the person who was implied to start the rumour literally said it never happened).
By the end of the weekend, the tag was full of people trying to piece together why the hashtag was trending. People were piggybacking on the trend, sharing all sorts of messages completely devoid from Cole Sprouse. As of writing, scrolling through the hashtag, all we could find were K-Pop and Brooklyn Nine-Nine fancams, people defending and accusing Sprouse, and memes about how confusing it all is.
It really is just one giant clusterfuck of a tag.
And, while this is just an average day in the weird over-zealous world of stan culture, this is a hashtag using the name and standing of a real person. Cole Sprouse has done nothing wrong and is being completely targeted by this simply because he’s a popular actor and a name that’s frequently searched on Twitter.
And Cole Sprouse’s Girlfriend Lili Reinhart Was Not Having It
Having seen her boyfriend be slandered online all weekend, Hustlers actress Lili Reinhart was not having it.
In a now deleted Twitter thread, she called out everyone who participated in the hashtag over the weekend, declaring, “I don’t tolerate any of that shit.”
“This is why people choose to keep their relationships private… this is why people have social media because of this bullying,” she wrote, according to ELLE. “I don’t tolerate any of that shit.”
“Bully me? Sure[,] fine. But attacking someone for literally no reason, just for the sake of a fucking Twitter trend? Please… reassess yourself and your ego before you send another tweet into the abyss.”
“You want to feel validated or important? Attacking someone online won’t give that to you. Do something helpful with your time and be better. I refuse to keep my mouth shut about things like this. You have no idea how destructive this can be to someone. To anyone. It’s abusive.”
It shouldn’t need to be said but sometimes Stan Twitter is extremely dumb: hashtags like these are extremely harmful to the people whose names are used. FYI, celebrities are real people who also struggle with their own mental health. Srsly, imagine waking up one morning and seeing your name and the phrase “is over party” trending on Twitter.
Yeah, that little clench in your soul and anxiety juice running and boiling in your veins is exactly what Sprouse is feeling right now…
So, idk, maybe think about the ramifications of these sort of tweets before you send them. At the end of the day, stan Twitter doesn’t need to slander and bully another fave to praise their own. Just do you and don’t try to invalidate others to validate yourself boo.