Ghostlighting tests one’s patience and emotions. It combines the hurtful experiences of ghosting and gaslighting, leaving people feeling confused and even heartbroken. Ghosting happens when we’re interested in somebody only for them to suddenly disappear without warning, creating a state of radio silence and self-doubt. Ghostlighting takes ghosting to a whole new level. It involves the person who did the ghosting reappearing to gaslight why they disappeared.
The New Ghostlighting Trend
Ghostlighting is the manipulation of emotions and perceptions of reality. It is an emotional manipulation tactic where the gaslighter constantly undermines, denies, questions, and distorts the victim’s reality, making them doubt their own experiences. Experts emphasize the importance of equality in healthy relationships, highlighting that an imbalance of power can lead to toxicity. Ghostlighting disrupts this balance by allowing the ‘ghoster’ to regain control of the narrative, shifting blame onto the victim.
Ghostlighting becomes difficult to deal with when someone who initially ghosted somebody else reappears in their life. There could be many reasons for their return, including insecurity, jealousy, or a tendency to repeatedly ghost and reappear. Insecurity may lead them to justify their actions by putting blame on the victim, while jealousy could drive them to crush the victim’s happiness.
Ghostlighting Relies on Manipulating
Identifying a ghostlighter can be tricky because their return may initially seem like a second chance or a sign of the victim’s worth. However, it’s crucial to recognize manipulative behavior and be careful. A lack of self-awareness and understanding of healthy relationships can make young adults vulnerable to mistaking unkind actions for love.
Relationships should never mistake power assertion for authentic love. Protecting our mental health and energy is just as important as being kind and forgiving to others. Staying away from such relationships is best for one’s well-being, which is always a top priority. Prioritizing self-care is ultimately the best protection from ghostlighters.
If there’s one truth about Hollywood, it’s that once you’re famous, everyone starts trying to make money off your back. That’s the case with the infamous Hollywood Wax Museum where visitors can get a ticket to “hang out” with the wax figures of their favorite celebrities. Unfortunately, not all wax figures are created equal and the newest addition to the museum, a Billie Eilish wax figure, certainly missed the mark.
Not All Wax Figures Are Created Equal
It’s true that not every wax figure can be a success. These intricate creations are extremely difficult to produce and mistakes are possible. Judging by fans’ response to Billie Eilish’s wax figure, however, hers was definitely a mistake. At first glance, you can see the resemblance, but you can also see that something’s very off with the figure, as it fails to recreate Eilish’s looks and personality.
As some users put it — the wax figure looks like it’s staring straight into your soul, and not in a good way. This Billie Eilish “wannabe” has tried to recreate the singer’s attitude and signature look, from the long nails to the cocky stare, but the result is a lot more masculine and disproportionate than it should be. Many fans are calling out the museum for creating a figure that has zero resemblance to the real person.
Billie Eilish Hasn’t Responded Yet
Despite the hundreds of tweets and angry fans online, there hasn’t been an official comment on the wax figure by Billie Eilish herself. The Grammy-award singer is probably too busy getting a restraining order against the figure, as we speak. Then again, having a somewhat terrifying wax figure made in your honor seems like a sure sign of your A-list celebrity status, right? Let’s not forget, that Madame Tussauds in London unveiled its brand new Ariana Grande wax figure, and the result was a far cry from Grande. She even commented “I just wanna talk” under the post. Let’s see if Billie wants to talk, too!