Celebs taking breaks from social media is nothing new. Everyone from Lana Del Rey to Ashton Kutcher to Kim Kardashian have at some point or another backed away from the Instagram-Twitter-Facebook-TikTok cesspool to recalibrate and find their centre after what many describe as a toxic environment for mental and emotional health.
So that’s why when comedian and former Oscar host Amy Schumer posted a video to Instagram yesterday, poking fun at celebs who engage in social media detox, she seemed to be taking aim at the latest celeb to back away from the platform: Tom Holland.
“Hey ya’ll,” the Trainwreck star began. “I decided for my own mental health to do more social media. I find that looking at my phone for eight and a half hours a day helps me. And it helps with that pimple patch and that breakout,” she joked, pointing to her cheek.
“And being 40 years old, it’s actually really good for me to watch all of Love Island and all of The Bachelor. Whether in paradise or just normal mansions,” she quipped.
She ended it off by saying, “So you’ll be seeing a lot more of me on social media just for my physical and mental well-being.”
The I Feel Pretty star might have gotten away with her tongue-in-cheek video had Spider-Man star Tom Holland not also posted a video yesterday announcing his withdrawal from social media for the time being.
"I have taken a break from social media for my mental health because I find Instagram and Twitter to be overstimulating, to be overwhelming," Tom said directly to camera, after introducing the video as difficult to make and upload because he kept losing his train of thought.
"I get caught up and I spiral when I read things about me online. And ultimately, it's very detrimental to my mental state so I decided to take a step back and delete the app," he admitted.
He then went on to direct his followers and viewers to Stem4, a U.K.-based teen mental health charity. The charity provides mental health educational tools such as apps, conferences, and other resources.
"There is an awful stigma against mental health and I know that asking for help and seeking help isn't something we should be ashamed of but it is something that is much easier said than done," Tom said directly to camera. "So hopefully these apps can be your first steps towards being happier and healthier."
Tom reiterated his support of Stem4 in the caption, adding “Hello and goodbye.”
The responses to both Amy and Tom’s posts have been flooded with celebrity support, but for very different reasons.
On Tom’s post, none other than Justin Bieber commented with a huge, “Love you man” and a heart emoji. On Amy’s post, everyone from Orlando Bloom, supermodel Linda Evangelista, and Chelsea Handler cackled at her antics.
“This honesty is so beautiful and vulnerable,” Orlando joked. Michelle Pfeiffer threw in three laughing-emojis. And Linda gushed, “Best post ever.”
So far no one in either camp’s comments section has really put it together that Amy might be lampooning Tom.
But some people on Twitter don’t find it to be a laughing matter.
Is Amy Schumer’s video on IG in response/making fun of Tom Holland’s? Because it’s not funny 🥴— Brittany Fyffe (@brittanyfyffe) August 14, 2022
At press time, Amy has not confirmed or denied that she’s satirizing her June 1st birthday buddy Tom Holland, but we suspect there might be a statement from her rep if a backlash ensues.