David Bowie's Impact Felt Across Social Media Following His Death
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The death of a celebrity is a tricky thing. On one hand, we mourn for their family and friends. On the other, we mourn for the loss of an individual that we, in an unexplainable way, felt understood us despite never meeting. We project so much of ourselves onto them that we convince ourselves of their immortality. If they die, so too would a part of our identity. David Bowie, the human, was not immortal. His sudden passing over the weekend is sobering evidence of that. David Bowie, the legacy, however, is immortal.
The outpouring of support over social media is an overwhelming testament to Bowie’s impact. Whether you’ve been a fan for decades or merely know Bowie by name or one of his many iconic images, your life has been shaped by him. He changed the way we perceive pop music. We wouldn’t have the eccentric icons we’ve raised on sparkling pedestals today if it weren’t for him. The world has lost one of its most otherworldly creatures, but his legacy reaches far beyond anything imaginable. The following sentiments are examples of that.
As John & I had very few friends, we felt David was as close as family. Sweet memories will stay with us forever. pic.twitter.com/WoZsztnm4E— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) January 11, 2016
I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 11, 2016
In all honesty, Gaga as we know her would not exist without David Bowie— Clodagh Mc Ginley (@clodaghmcginley) January 11, 2016
(Lady Gaga RT’d the above.)
David Bowie was 1 of the 1st ppl to make weird acceptable for the masses & give kids who didn't connect w/ 60's do-op, someone to connect to— Frances Bean Cobain (@alka_seltzer666) January 11, 2016
It never even occurred to me that David Bowie *could* die. RIP.— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) January 11, 2016
DEVASTATED... A LEGEND IS GONE— Cher (@cher) January 11, 2016
can't believe it. we will forever be inspired by/love u, bowie pic.twitter.com/oXMq6HuhWY— HAIM (@HAIMtheband) January 11, 2016
Everything seems terrible and awful and were over here hurting but I am thankful you are out of pain. I love you so much. Thank you for make in me feel like i am never alone when I'm crying over silly things. Thank you for your photo shoots and your face paint. Thank you for Space Oddity which made me feel a lot less scared about fame. Thank you for being you and being free. This one hurts, and we miss you, but you are free. I love you.
From Simon Critchley's book on Bowie: "...one hears an extraordinary hope that we are not alone..." pic.twitter.com/BaJEzsOGXP— Tavi Gevinson (@tavitulle) January 11, 2016
I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 11, 2016
Nearly brought to tears by sudden news of @DavidBowieReal David Bowie's passing RIP— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) January 11, 2016
David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace #RIPDavidBowie— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) January 11, 2016
David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016
you really do believe some people are immortal— matty (@Truman_Black) January 11, 2016
David Bowie was a huge influence on me throughout my life. The original star-man returned to the stars...— florence welch (@flo_tweet) January 11, 2016
Thank you for everything you brought us. RIP David Bowie xx— florence welch (@flo_tweet) January 11, 2016
The words escape me, my breath is shallow. We will blast your music in every room today, and light a candle in your name. RIP David Bowie— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) January 11, 2016
He never seemed of this earth. Now he's left it. He bent rules, gender, genres, and our minds. RIP David Bowie. One. Of. A. Kind.— josh groban (@joshgroban) January 11, 2016
So much love to @DavidBowieReal 's family right now. what a great loss.— sia (@Sia) January 11, 2016
Long live David Bowie. Rest in peace musical legend Ziggy Stardust @DavidBowieReal— Vanilla Ice (@vanillaice) January 11, 2016
Bowie was one of the bravest artists of the century. A true Icon— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) January 11, 2016
RIP David . I loved your music. I loved you. One of the greatest performance artists to have ever lived. #sorrow— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) January 11, 2016
David Bowie, you will be sorely missed. Bowie's “Changes” and the Ziggy story songs were a major influence for me. pic.twitter.com/N1nkD9h82W— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) January 11, 2016
NO.— St. Vincent (@st_vincent) January 11, 2016
RIP David Bowie - someone who was connected to the source— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) January 11, 2016