There are any number of reasons why people choose to nuke their social media accounts. Sometimes you want a bit of privacy. You might even want to get your eyes off the screen for a lil’ bit. If you’re Stephen Fry, you just want to stop copping abuse over a poorly-received jab.
While there was no explicitly announced reason for his newfound absence, his disappearance from another aspect of the online community lines up pretty bloody squarely with last week’s onslaught of absolutely fucked racist memes.
After the twilight of his football career saw the bloke pitted against quasi- and flat-out racist voices in Australia, it’d make a whole lot of sense that Goodes would decide not to partake in an online environment that largely condones dribbling bigotry.
@DanielCherny Can’t blame him in the least, with so much ugliness out there. Sad commentary on problems still in our society.
— Tom Whaley (@whaley00) June 5, 2016
@DanielCherny the argument that social media brings us closer together and does so much good is getting thinner and thinner by the day…
— Benny Jones (@benjiman1983) June 5, 2016
@DanielCherny he’s better off without constant reminders of how low we are as a society I’d say.
— The Commish (@DonVivant) June 5, 2016
Of course, his exact reasoning remains nebulous, but it’s not a long bow to draw to think our former Australian of the Year would choose not to engage in an online dialogue that is still so vehemently spiteful towards him.
Source: Daniel Cherny / Twitter / Sydney Morning Herald.
Photo: Cameron Spencer / Getty.