Random Guy Kanye's Following: Leave Me Alone

Steve Holmes not a fan of his instant fame

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 5, 2010 8:14 AM CDT

(Newser) – The random woman Conan O’Brien decided to follow on Twitter got a new computer, donations to her cancer walk, and the wedding of her dreams. The random guy Kanye West decided to follow on Twitter just got…annoyed. “Before this weekend I thought it would be cool to have a celebrity following me on Twitter but now I think it’s really not worth it,” 19-year-old Steve Holmes tells the Coventry Telegraph. “It’s crazy. I’m getting messages from people I don’t even know.”

His followers jumped from 60 to more than 6,000 and his iPhone “wouldn’t stop bleeping,” so he deleted the Twitter application from it. “A guy wanted me to look at his film trailer and people have been sending me links to their music demos—as if I have some sort of influence over Kanye West,” Holmes says. He’s turned down interviews with outlets including the BBC and CNN, and recently tweeted that he won’t be speaking to any more press.

Kanye West arrives at the 9th Annual BET Awards on Sunday, June 28, 2009, in Los Angeles.
Kanye West arrives at the 9th Annual BET Awards on Sunday, June 28, 2009, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
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Fame has never appealed to me. It’s vacuous. I think there’s an obsession with celebrity culture. I don’t buy into that, but judging from the comments and messages I’ve had over the last couple of days, a lot of people do.
- Steve Holmes

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