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The Doja Cat and ‘Stranger Things’ Actor Feud Is a Good Reminder to Respect Your Friends’ Privacy

There’s been a minor celebrity spat over the last few weeks that may have come across your timeline, involving Doja Cat and Stranger Things‘ Noah Schnapp.

The short version is that Doja hit up Schnapp’s Twitter DMs, asking for a connection to his fellow Stranger Things star Joseph Quinn (who you might know better as Eddie Munson). Schnapp apparently found her ask amusing and dropped screenshots of the exchange on TikTok, where she quickly became the punchline of lots of internet jokes and some pushback (commenters noted that Schnapp is only 17 years old.)

Doja was understandably miffed, posting a video to air her grievances. “The fact that Noah did that, like went and posted a private conversation between me and him is so unbelievably socially unaware and wack,” she said. “That’s like borderline snake s***, that’s like weasel s***. And I’m not saying that encapsulates his entire personality — like, I don’t imagine Noah that way.”

These little feuds between famous people come and go, but there is a good lesson to this one. Because Doja is right: posting private messages is wack. They’re called private for a reason, and a good rule of thumb is in the digital age is to let what’s private stay private unless you have a very good reason to do otherwise.

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One of the reasons the Bible warns against gossip so much is that it’s very easy to do. It’s fun to talk about other people’s business. But it’s also a violation of their trust, and often a way of making someone else a punching bag when they’re not able to defend themselves. So whether online or IRL, remember to respect the privacy of others.

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