Social media, where believing is seeing.
The past weeks have been eventful for Black music aficionados. First, Kerrion Franklin, the estranged son of legendary gospel artist Kirk Franklin, leaked audio recordings of heated phone conversations between he and his father, in which the elder Franklin used profane language and threatened bodily harm, via Instagram. Adding to this, rapper Saweetie recently announced her split from boyfriend Quavo of Migos via Twitter. Each were top trending topics on the latter platform, sparking much conversation online and beyond.
Both actions follow a trend where social media users feel the need to overshare aspects of their personal lives. Such behavior is heightened given a large following. Therefore, celebrities face a greater burden. For this group, any personal information may be circulated on a mass scale, subject to scrutiny or praise. In contrast, the lay public can likely keep shared posts about their lives fairly contained.
Franklin has been the subject of conversation in several circles following his son’s actions on March 13th via Instagram. Kerrion’s post of he and Franklin’s conversations also contained a caption, partially reading,
“I don’t think I’ll ever trust my father to be alone around him ever again. I didn’t want to do this. I probably won’t release the entire recording because it’s too embarrassing that Im even dealing with this.”
Franklin later apologized that same day via Twitter, saying that for many years both he and his family have had a toxic relationship with Kerrion. The gospel artist furthermore claimed he has tried to rectify “this private family matter” through counseling and therapy. Regarding the leaked audio, Franklin said he felt extremely disrespected in the conversation between he and his son. However, he also alleged Kerrion omitted part of the recording in which he contacted the family therapist for help.
Kerrion’s decision to share a private family matter, especially one involving a well-known figure, on social media can be explained a few ways. One…