December is probably my favorite month of be year. This is not just because Christmas has always been my favorite holiday; it is also because it is time the perfect time for reflection. It’s the right time to look back on the year that was and celebrate what made that year so great. And while 2015 has actually been a catastrophic year in the world of politics and social justice and things are only getting uglier in those fields, it’s been a whirlwind year in entertainment And that’s what I’m here to look back on. I will take up three weeks this month to look back on my favorites in entertainment this year; and since I am FearlessRiOT, it will all obviously be in countdown form. Last week, I tackled my favorites in pro wrestling, this week I’ll tackle music, and next week will see me take on acting, along with the bonus field of celebrities on social media. Hope you enjoy this week’s installment!
So I’m extremely active on social media; if you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, chances are I’m there flooding your timeline at leas a few times a day with something related to music, wrestling, and occasionally food. Meanwhile,my Tumblr page is…much of the same, honestly. As much as I try, I realize that I’m not the most fascinating person on the Internet. And I don’t know if you’ll grant the crown to any of the ten names on this list either. But for me at least, these are the celebrities I usually get the most enoyment from following, whether it’s because their fingers can produce some witty magic on their keyboard, their selfie game is on point, they regularly interact with fans, or they use their digital platform to let their feelings be known on social issues. I’m so glad to have these stars on my timeline and may they never change what they’re doing. Ladies and gentlemen, my Top 10 celebrities on social media!
#10. Kat Dennings
Kat Dennings is seemingly always casted as a comedic character, and it’s easy to see why. She’s witty and has a magnetic charisma to her. So it’s no surprise that the seemingly random things she says on Twitter manage to get a chuckle or two out of me on a regular basis. But even Dennings knows when it’s not all fun and games; she also happens to be very “woke”, as the youngsters say, responding accordingly to the tragedies that continue to happen in the world. And she’s very supportive of her man Josh Groban on there as well. Their interactions are kind of adorable. And her Instagram is one of the most adorable you’ll ever come across from a famous person.
#9. Nicki Minaj
While most people made it on this list for being funny online, there are a few entries on this list who have used their online platforms to discuss their opinion on things like race and equality. #7 dives deeper into that, but Nicki Minaj is also notable. She had more than a few things to say about the MTV VMA’s for what she feels was a prejudice snub when “Anaconda” wasn’t Video of the Year nominated. She also wasn’t here for sexist haters who dismiss her credibility as an MC due to an infamous physical asset. That doesn’t mean she can’t have fun on social media, though; she does interact with fans and also posted this hilariousness on Instagram.
#8. Tween Feminist/Activist Actresses
Twitter: @rowblanchard, @amandlastenberg, @Zendaya
Instagram: @rowanblanchard, @amandlastenberg, @zendaya
Again, I tried not to do a tie with these year-end lists, but here I am having three people share one slot because these three have one other admirable thing in common besides being promising young actresses: they’re all examples of how to use a social media platform to discuss social justice correctly. Most of Zendaya’s time on social media reminds us all that there’s beauty and greatness in all of us, while shutting down negativity. Meanwhile, Blanchard and Stenberg are so well-spoken and knowledgeable about issues regarding race (see here and here) and being who you are on their pages, you’d forget they’re only 14 and 17 years old respectively. No wonder they both recently won a Feminist of the Year award. These girls are younger than me and are already better at social activism than I ever was.
#7. Mick Foley
Just a quick heads up; every while the girls on this list range from musician to pro wrestler to actress, every guy on this list (three total) is a pro wrestler. And the first one up is the Hardcore Legend himself, Mick Foley, and if you follow wrestling journalism, you know why. The guy is incredibly outspoken when it comes to wanting better treatment of the women, the dynamic of storytelling and character development in pro wrestling, and even the obnoxiousness of the Full Sail crowd (and he’s not the only one who sees them as such). He’s not afraid to tell it how he sees it on Twitter and more often than not, his arguments do carry some level of merit to them. And if Mick isn’t enough Foley for your timeline, you should go ahead and follow his beautiful daughter Noelle on Twitter and IG, too. The Ringside or Riot! host will have you on the floor laughing!
#6. Lauren Jauregui
All five members of Fifth Harmony are incredibly active on Twitter and Instagram; I decided to put Jauregui on this list in particular, and not just out of favoritism. She’s active on Twitter, but is just as active on Instagram, and she had fans going nuts when she recently opened a public Snapchat (an app where her bandmate Dinah Jane is also worth a follow). She’s known to send fans into a lovestruck frenzy by posting gorgeous pics of herself either on vacation or just chilling wherever she happens to be, but she’s not afraid to post her opinion on social issues (sometimes controversial, but oftentimes admirable). She also must be quite an art enthusiast because she regularly posts pictures of beautiful locations and art pieces that she admires (whether Instagram likes it or not.) And like I said, you can follow her fellow bandmates here, here, here, and here.
Paige is an outspoken Diva; I don’t think statement is going to surprise anybody. But then again, why would we want the daughter of Saraya Knight to hold back? If she did, her social media feed wouldn’t be as entertaining as it is. And I’m not just talking about her Instagram account which is a goldmine for beautiful, sometimes funny selfies. I’m also talking about her Twitter page, where she interacts with her fans on a consistent basis. She’s also one of many wrestlers who use their page to advance WWE’s storylines. Sometimes they’re not popular with everyone, but I’m sure pleasing everyone isn’t exactly what’s on her mind when clicks the “send” button. Hell, she even handled losing Diva of the Year yesterday with a touch of that humor her fans have come to love from her.
#4. Taylor Swift
Social media can be a good promotional tool, but Taylor Swift took it to another level in 2015. To promote her music video for “Bad Blood”, she spent well over a week tweeting posters featuring her celebrity friends as characters from the video. It was like she was getting ready to drop the hottest blockbuster of the summer. Other highlights of her time on social media in 2015 include her reaction to winning an Emmy Award out of the blue, interacting with guests from her tour, interacting with animals (including random moments with her cats), and her Twitter spat with Nicki Minaj over VMA nominations…actually, let’s forget about that last one. Oh, and this pic with the HAIM totally has my vote for IG Post of the Year.
#3. The Rock
This is a hypothesis that probably shouldn’t be up for debate: Dwayne Johnson is one of the most likeable celebrities on the planet. The most electrifying man in entertainment is also one of the most electrifying people on the Internet. Why is that? Well, there’s the fact that he regularly posts videos from the gym either working out or giving the masses some kind of inspiration (or hitting the Quan). There’s also the fact that he regularly gives shoutouts to numerous celebrities for the good work they do. There’s also that time he lip-synced Fifth Harmony‘s rendition of a holiday classic. Also, just in case you didn’t already know from his Attitude Era run, he can be pretty silly. Remember the time he pranked us all with that injured finger video? Golden.
#2. Big E
In the social media age of WWE, wrestlers are pretty much required to use Twitter (except for a few, like Dean Ambrose who has an account that he never even uses). If I were to give an award to the funniest tweeter WWE currently has, it’d probably have to go to New Day member Big E. Despite the tough, killer exterior, we all know Big E is sort of a goofball, and not just from his funny faces and dancing on-air. On social media, he’s contantly engaging in hijinks with Team B.A.D., giving funny comments on almost anything that comes to his mind, and hashtagging booty. And not taking a Slammy loss very well; in his defense, New Day totally should have won that.
#1. Veda Scott
Veda Scott probably has a spot on this list for life seeing as her Twitter account is pretty much a comedy goldmine. When she’s not busy talking about wrestling evens she’s set to compete on in the near future (and even then, she manages to always throw in a witty zinger or two), the Ring of Honor manager and SHIMMER villain is giving us updates on what her kitty cat Teddy is up to, posting selfies that feature her posing with random objects or in random locations, and what she’s seeing as she goes from town to town appearing for the many promotions she pops up at. Really, unless you’re not a wrestling fan, I have no idea why you wouldn’t be following her; if you need more of a reason, here’s her and Mark Briscoe being super-amusing.
I’m gonna keep these explanations short; her Twitter account is fun and her YouTube account is even better.
Sure, her Twitter parties don’t happen as frequently anymore, but she gives us hilarious updates on her life and interacts positively with other country stars.
+ Channel Awesome Stars
Boy, Sasha Banks really loves her memes. She posts them on the regular to both her Twitter and Tumblr pages.
Live tweeting is fun, and when it comes to celebrities doing it, few do it better than the Parks & Rec star.
The music newcomer who got famous singing about being an introvert at a party is ironically a lot of fun on Twitter.
Kevin Owens is pretty damn funny on Twitter; had a lot of balls to block Melissa Joan Hart, though. That was kinda harsh.
Yeah, the guy WWE infamously had Steve Austin blast on air for being boring? He’s actually worth a Twitter follow.
Allysin Kay is the very definition of a cool heel, and even on social media, she manages to be the most entertaining villain in the game
If you need any reason to follow the former SHIMMER Champion on Twitter, look no further than her Banks vs. Bayley fangirling.
Who have been your favorite celebrities to follow on social media this year and why? Hit me up on Twitter @FearlessRiOT or leave a comment below, and thanks for reading my 2015 Year-End Top 10s!