The Kardashians, Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson: social media ‘unfollowing’ is the ultimate denouncement

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The Kardashians, Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson: social media 'unfollowing' is the ultimate denouncement



Tristan Thompson – the father of Khloe Kardashian’s child – has allegedly cheated on her with her younger sister Kylie Jenner’s childhood friend, Jordyn Woods (Photo: Getty/ Metro.co.uk)For the past few days, social media has been rocked by perfectly-timed, pre-new Keeping Up With The Kardashians season gossip.
In a string of events scandalous even by Kardashian standards, Tristan Thompson – the father of Khloe Kardashian’s child – has allegedly cheated on her with her younger sister Kylie Jenner’s childhood friend, Jordyn Woods.
As the (scripted?) drama unfolds, revellers have been awaiting a sign of confirmation that the frankly ludicrous story is true: not in the form of a statement, not via an interview, not the sound of Kris Jenner’s loubs clacking away as she flees yet another orchestrated mess. But the looming ‘unfollow’.
‘I won’t believe anything until they all unfollow Jordyn on Instagram.’ said one sceptical Twitter user. ‘They all still follow Jordyn though,’ mused another suspicious tweeter. ‘They had days to unfollow Jordyn. Seems to me like there is a Kardashian angle to this.’
‘So, are the Kardashians still following Tristan on Instagram?’ an entire Cosmopolitan article breathlessly asked. ‘Shockingly, yes! Not only is Khloé still following Tristan, but both she and Kylie are still following Jordyn Woods.’ It peppered the piece with screenshots to illustrate the fact, something entirely unbelievable with no photographic evidence.
So powerful is the unfollow, that the Kardashian-Jenner’s unwillingness to immediately disavow Woods and Thompson in the court of social media was deemed a sure-fire sign that the infidelity had not even taken place. If it had, they would have unfollowed her.
And they did. Ever the trendsetter, it is unsurprising it was Kim Kardashian who became the first of the sisters to unfollow the pair. ‘Well,’ wrote Perez Hilton on his gossip blog. ‘You can certainly take it as Kim confirming the scandal by unfollowing them BOTH!’ Yes, Kim’s move confirms the rumour but also confirms something else equally as interesting – unfollowing is officially the ultimate form of denouncement in the digital age.
Whilst the Kardashians are social-media spawn and well-known for their coordinated unfriend campaigns, they are hardly an anomaly. To unfollow someone no longer means you simply can’t be bothered to see their seven trillion snaps from Barcelona or watch an almost-strangers child take its first steps. Now, it appears to mean you actively dislike them.

Jordyn Woods is Kylie Jenner’s best friend (Photo: jordynwoods)It is used to signify everything from break ups (Katy Perry and Russell Brand, Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber) to the the dissolution of friendships. After Demi Lovato fell out with Taylor Swift in 2016, Taylor’s squad – Selena Gomez, Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge, Karlie Kloss, Este Haim, Danielle Haim, and Alana Haim – all unfollowed her in unison. Blake Lively once unfollowed Ryan Reynolds as part of a viral marketing campaign and fans genuinely feared their relationship was on the rocks. Selena Gomez unfollowed her own mother on Instagram after a bitter fall out – their reunion was cemented by them following each other again.
In this current fractured climate, who you follow is even used to illustrate a political position. Whilst Twitter bios often remind that ‘retweets don’t equal endorsements’, the same doesn’t seem to apply to whose tweets you choose to be across. Kanye West was notoriously unfollowed by half of Hollywood after his open support of Donald Trump  – who you follow and more importantly, who you don’t is such a minefield, that Demi Lovato opted out of it entirely.
We may pretend its innocuous, but in a world where unfollowing didn’t matter so much, the option to mute and unfollow posts instead of people wouldn’t exist.
Logically speaking, it sounds bizarre to still follow someone if you don’t actually want to see or read their posts, but to avoid the inevitable fallout, it is deemed safer to opt to become a follower in name only. You stick it out and suck it up no matter how much you hate their posts – unless you hate the person more than the posts.
I may find it strange but I’m certainly not immune. Like many journalists, who I follow is not always based on any type of personal relationship, and more often on them being a ‘person of interest’. Still, it was with genuine relief I was able to finally soft block an acquaintance I had muted for a year and a half, because they’d finally offended me IRL.
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When Thompson was caught cheating on his then-pregnant fiancé the first time, the whole Kardashian-Jenner clan led by Kim, unfollowed him on Instagram – something they later joked about when the pair reconciled and the family welcomed him back into the fold with a follow.
In 2019, more meaning than we know is placed on the smallest online actions and interactions. Whether we like it or not, or even mean it or not, an unfollow is an accepted way of saying something, without actually saying something.
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