It only lasted a short while, but in that time Patricia Arquette says she was able answer a burning question: “Could a celebrity actually friend strangers and get to know them as a person [on Facebook]?”
Arquette now has her answer (“a beautiful and sweet yes”) but on Thursday (Oct. 6) quit Facebook after an incident with one of those strangers. According to E! Online, the actress posted this message on her Facebook page before shutting down her account:
“Okay sweet people–This will be my last facebook post. After my usual not checking email and cell messages for 10 days my security guys chewed me out and let me know why I had to end my ‘social experiment.’
“The experiment was, Could a celebrity actually friend strangers and get to know them as a person? Just a regular person? Could you really become friends? Could you move past all that they had in their mind about you and actually show them the real you? Could you get to know the real them a little? I would say on a large part yes. A beautiful and sweet yes…However, apparently 10 days or so that all changed.
“Now for the IMPORTANT PART-I ASK YOU NOT TO FRIEND ANYONE HERE THAT YOU DON’T PERSONALLY KNOW!!! THIS IS IMPORTANT!!! JUST BECAUSE THEY WERE ON THIS PAGE DOESN’T REALLY MEAN THEY ARE SAFE!!!! I’M GOING TO SAY IT AGAIN BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT_ IT DOESN’T MEAN THEY ARE SAFE.”
Stars, they’re just like us.
Arquette does plan to keep her Twitter account where, we assume, she doesn’t do much in the way of stranger experimentation with her 8,611 followers.