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May 12, 2011  | by: Jasmina Cuevas

The good/bad side of Twitter

Artists more than often use Twitter as a form of communication with each other and as a way to express their thoughts. When using Twitter to let the world know what is going on in their lives, a lot of artists sometimes say too much. Getting caught up in the fact that they are hiding behind a computer, many of them forget that what they write will most likely be saved for a long time. We’ve already seen Chris Brown’s anti-gay comments as well as threats between Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Kim go public for the world to read over and over. And now that the Twitter fight between rapper Joe Budden and his ex-girlfriend has gotten to the point of domestic violence reports posted online, we all ask: has it gone too far?

Joe Budden and ex-girlfriend/video model Esther Baxter took their break up a bit harder than others would have. What started out as Tweets of them poking fun at each other, soon lead to Joe releasing rap songs on the Internet claiming he caught his ex cheating. Everyone thought it was all fun and games until Esther took it too far and put their whole relationship on display.

Accusing Joe of physically abusing her throughout their relationship, Esther posted photos of her bruised and battered along with the police reports on Twitter for everyone to see. Esther also posted a video of herself explaining her side of the story. “Kicked the door down, came into the room, grabbed me by my ankles, choked me so that I couldn’t breathe, slammed me against the door…in an attempt to grab the phone from me he wrestled me, grabbed me by my wrist and sat on my stomach while I was pregnant. [..] I went to the hospital and that’s when I found out I lost my daughter,” Esther stated on the video.

Once Joe got wind of the video, he went straight to Twitter and began making fun of his ex while denying the accusations. He even poked fun at Chris Brown and his past situation with Rihanna “I’m searching for a bow tie right now”….”If I cared about being in anyone’s good graces, I’d be working on my Michael Jackson tribute as we speak.” The fight got uglier throughout the day as Joe and his ex continued to use Twitter to lash out at each other.
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In the end, the only people that were hurt by this Twitter battle was Joe Budden and Esther Baxter. Their circus display on Twitter was entertaining for the world and just another situation to file away to be rehashed later on. Though the two thought it was easier to express their personal lives online, it did more harm than good. After seeing how ugly these feuds usually turn out, we wonder if Twitter is really the best place to express your every thought.
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