Actress Juliet Ibrahim is one of the few celebrities who do not often use traditional media to make headlines as they prefer social media platforms are more comfortable to express one’s views.
Although most at times the headlines are negative, it doesn’t bother the actress as she is unfazed, recalling social media is for the reliable and not weak people with fainthearted.
From her perspective, social media is not worth losing one’s cool over because over a billion people on social media think their opinions matter.
“It’s not worth losing my sanity over the opinion of millions of strangers. I have learned not to pay attention to negativity and instead make good use of the block button.
“Social media drives people with weak minds into depression, mental breakdown, blind competition, and all sorts of negativity,” she told Showbiz.
Talking as a victim of cyberbullying, Juliet Ibrahim says, “I don’t care about negativity. Not everyone will like you. I certainly do not entertain bullies and trolls, so I’ll usually delete a comment if it doesn’t add value to my life.
“If a troll or bully decides to continue bothering me, I block the person. It’s not that deep. When you’re too busy focusing on better and important things, petty things barely get your attention,” she stated.
“I have been through a lot in my life. I am a survivor and a fighter. I know what it’s like to come from nowhere and be somebody in society. I am focused on the prize and the ultimate goal of my life.
“Certainly, false news or negativity cannot get to the point of breaking me down. Yes, there’s been a moment when I started my career where I was a bit more fragile, but I don’t care with experience and growing up.
Advising the fainthearted people on how they should use social media, she said, “please stay off social media if you have a weak heart and mind.
“Spend time reading books, associate yourself with like-minded people, and associate with real people. Remember that social media is a fake world; people only show you what they want you to see. It’s all controlled online content.”
Recalling how she feels being in one controversy after the other, Juliet Ibrahim said, “being a public figure comes with its ups and downs. Not everyone will like you and vice versa.
“Also, you cannot control the content the press wants to publish about you at all times, especially in this era of social media where every caption is misinterpreted and misconstrued.
“I don’t feel anything about negative comments, especially when people would intentionally create a story/controversy to sell their newspapers or get hits for their blogs. We are all doing our jobs,” she added.
Speaking about Ghana’s movie industry, she said, “To be honest, I’m not sure what happened and where we went wrong, but I miss the bubbly industry we once had.
“It’ll be a moment of joy for us if a miracle happens, and proper structures are put in place to get us back to where we used to be or better than we used to be.”
She describes herself as a determined, fun-loving, hardworking, family-oriented, friendly, and down-to-earth lady.