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Don’t interrupt me, Kanye West

Emily Crone

Have you ever had a windfall? With the prevalence of social media, it seems like people are being “discovered” and receiving windfalls left and right. Someone makes a silly blog making fun of cute baby animals, and before you know it, he has a book deal. Someone else makes a great YouTube video, and next thing you know, she’s on Ellen Degeneres.

Emily's list: Kanye West editionRapper and egomaniac Kanye West made news when he opened a Twitter account, but strangely, he chose to randomly follow only one person — Steven Holmes, a student at Nottingham University from Coventry, England. Steven is the latest victim of insta-Internet fame.

I just checked out Holmes’ Twitter account, and he used to tweet quaint things like “feeling hungover and I wasn’t even drunk last night. How does that work?” and “gonna go and play some poker and get myself in some more debt.” But once Kanye began following him, the attention poured in. “This has been completely surreal and I really have no desire for this attention i’m just a normal person,” he tweeted on Aug. 2. Later that day, he tweeted ” I won’t be speaking to anybody else, surprisingly not everyone wants to be famous. That’s all I’m saying – peace out x.” He followed up with ” Just to clarify, I mean I won’t be speaking to any more press/journalists.”

Holmes now has more than 6,000 followers, but he doesn’t seem pleased. Had this been someone hoping to make it in the entertainment industry, they would likely be thrilled beyond belief to experience this type of windfall.

We’ve all heard stories of financial windfalls not working out as expected. There are shows on television about how lottery winners felt miserable because all their friends and family wanted a piece of the winnings. Sometimes we get our tax refund check the same day our hot water heater breaks. Life can be funny that way. Have you ever had an unusual windfall?


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  • THanks for the mention Emily – these are some great finds!