Jimmy Fallon Makes The Beatles Social Media-Savvy, But Let's Take That a Few Steps Further
Since taking over as host of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon has continued to kill it. Last night's episode was no exception, with Fallon and Fred Armisen playing The Beatles in a sketch that dared to ask the question, "What would it be like if The Beatles existed in the age of social media?"
But really, why stop there? Music could get just as weird (or even weirder) back then as it does now...imagine if musicians had to do their own PR in the digital age. There could be so many more great, social media accounts, guys. They could be better than Cher's, even. Here's what just a few great musicians might look like if they took to social media...
The Clash would definitely be that Facebook friend who's constantly sharing articles from BBC news and sparking thoughtful political debate. On the one hand, you appreciate it, because they're smart, they make good points, and they try to make people aware of what's going on. On the other hand, most of the time you just scroll past their statuses so you can click on a Buzzfeed quiz to find out what your spirit animal is (Cat in a Party Hat!).
Public celebrity fights are nothing new, they're just a little more public now. It's a good thing social media didn't exist back in the '60s, because there would have surely been some public fights, drunken tweets coming from Florence Ballard, and Instagrams featuring Diana Ross front and center.
As one of the first artists to attract squealing teen fangirls, it's not Elvis' social media presence that would shock as much as his fans, who would constantly gush and defend him over social media. Actually, it's probably best that Presley didn't make it to the age of social media so he'd never have a chance to reach Justin Bieber levels of ridiculousness.
Keith Moon basically invented most of the "crazy rock star" tropes we think of today. There's no doubt that he would be king of the "party selfie", aka the picture to make everyone jealous of how awesome your life is. Drugs, girls, and wild and destructive antics would no doubt abound on his Instagram feed.
Today, we think a celebrity sliding into addiction is fodder for celebrity news, especially if it's something spectacularly happening on social media. Would it be any different for rock n' roll icon Janis Joplin if she had been alive for the age of social media? But also, what would she think of Jackie Jormp Jormp?