MTV reports that ‘socialite’ Casey Johnson, 30, is dead ‘of natural causes.’ Not something I’d normally write about, except that via MTV we learn that Johnson’s partner, the reality TV person Tila Tequila, ‘broke the news of Johnson’s death on her Twitter account on Monday evening.’
‘Everyone please pray 4 my Wifey Casey Johnson. She has passed away. Thank u for all ur love and support but I will be offline to be w family,’ she wrote, but returned to Twitter for a few more updates. ‘This is a very heartbreaking time for me. I just want some privacy as I deal with the loss of my Fiance Casey Johnson. [My] heart is shredded.’
Early Tuesday morning, a distraught Tequila tweeted, ‘I can’t stop these haunting visions of her and I … we made such a lovely couple, only beginning to spend the rest of our lives together.’
Is it just me, or does anybody else find such a public declaration of private grief seriously off-putting? Part of it’s just cross-generational — I sometimes have to remind myself that Gen Y et. al. use technology and the public forum of social media in ways that aren’t necessarily bad but just different from the way I would and do. I fucking hate Twitter, fr’example … just can’t stand its truncated format, which seems to me to be essentially a celebration of the spectacularly unexamined life and a giant ‘eff you’ to the studied craft of writing.
At any rate, MTV helpfully reports at the end of the story that ‘Johnson’s last tweet was posted early on the morning of December 29′.