Littrell Controversy Part 1 Leighanne's Posts
You know the old adage. Be careful what you post on social media because it will come back to haunt you. That played out in a very public way with Backstreet Boy member Brian Littrell and his wife Leighanne. Fans discovered some of her hateful posts and have called them out. I saw some of them and I did not think they were all controversial . However, I do realize that it has hurt some fans. While much has been said about the posts For that I refer to you Taylor Anderson of the Backstreet Back podcast post and the video version. I want to address the reaction because that what concerns me the most. And as a Brian fan I wanted to weigh in
A noble effort by some in the Backstreet blogosphere to call out bad behavior turned emotional with little effect on the target. There was no acknowledgement or retraction by Leighanne. It just angered fans She made her Twitter private but probably posts the same stuff. Her Facebook is still public for all to see. Ultimately it will be up to her to change her behavior. No amount of social media cajoling will change that and usually the least effective. External pressure does not work on someone who refuses to acknowledge they're wrong. For example if you confront an addict it doesn't mean the addict will change . A better strategy would have been reporting the problematic posts. If Facebook or Twitter acted on it would have affected her directly . If she lost the accounts she would have lost the platform to spread this.
An acknowledgement from Brian would be ideal. After all they are a unit and it hard to separate the two. She is so involved in his career that anything she does will reflect on him However let's be realistic it probably won't happen at least right away especially if people keep responding with rage. I If you choose to leave the fandom as a result or not support Brian as a result that's your right.
Regardless I want to ask you two favors. First realize that he is in a rock and hard place. It hard to admit your own flaws and the flaws in those we like. The cognitive dissonance is hard to get over . Second. In the absence of an acknowledgement for either let go of any bitterness and hate you may feel for your own sanity Notice I did not say forgive, it is misunderstood I am not telling you to rationalize it but to bring the emotional temperature a little bit. Disconnect if necessary. Then you will be able approach it better. If you are one of the people wishing them harm or wanting Brian to publicly humiliate her check your heart. Do you want change or revenge. As cliché as it sounds hate is not fought with more hate. You are only drinking poison expecting the other person to die.