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- Wendy Rose Gould
Celebrity Internet Holdouts - 5 Celebs Who Gave in and 6 Who Still Refuse to Go Online
The internet is a magical, life-giving place filled to the brim with spellbinding goodies like videos of napping pandas and stories about crazy people who do nutty things. That's why it's hard for us to wrap our heads around the idea of somebody declining to use it, let alone a celebrity who can take advantage of its social networking powers and ability to make you lots of money.
Sadly, the list of mega stars who refuse to dabble in cyberspace is more extensive than you'd think. Here are just a few.
While checking out at the grocery store or waiting for the doctor, you're bound to catch a glimpse of Brad Pitt on a magazine cover or TV show. But have you ever noticed that he's nonexistent on the interweb? According to an interview he gave Newsweek, Mr. Handsomeface doesn't even know how to wield the crazy machine that is a computer.
This 64-year-old actor can join the ranks of grandmas and grandpas who refuse to learn how "that big box on your desk" works. He's a bit of a technophobe who's admitted to not owning an email address or a computer. He doesn't even have a cell phone. How do people like this still exist?
Though Janeane Garafolo emits a sort of bold and brazen persona, she's admitted in several interviews that she refuses to use the internet because people are just plain mean. Browsing the comments on YouTube videos (which, I'm guessing, are mostly written by nutjobs and middle schoolers skipping class) verifies the whole Internet meanness things, but that's no excuse for not having an email address in the 21st century.
With the amount of gossip and political commentary he adds to each of his pieces, you'd think he spent oodles of hours researching on the internet. Turns out this notorious, yellow-haired rapper doesn't know how to work a computer, either. He told SPIN Magazine that if he were to hop on the web, he'd "be on that bitch all day looking at comments" about himself.
It isn't absolutely confirmed, but Prince has gone on the record saying that the internet, computers and other digital gadgets are "outdated" and "no good." In an interview with London's The Mirror, he likened such things to MTV - formerly cool but not so much anymore.
We all know Winona from 80s and 90s classics like Little Women, Edward Scissorhands and Beetle Juice. Turns how she's stuck in those days, as the brunette doesn't even own a computer. Last December she told USA Today, "I keep hearing that you can find out anything, which is kind of too bad."
The sultry Salma Hayek has a similar story to McCain's. For most of her life she avoided all-things computer related until her husband gently persuaded her of technology's goodness when he introduced her to the iPad's Sudoku app.
Back in 2006, Orlando Bloom was whining about having to eventually buy a computer just because of its convenience. His reason for not joining the millions already online? According to him he just didn't want to deal with it.
Tyra Banks is another fab femme who, at one point, cut herself off the from internet after she became addicted to it. The former model-turned-mogul has admitted to reading comments about herself on the internet and getting really upset by them. She's since moved past her days of wallowing in nasty online comments and is a proud Twitterer.
Surprisingly, Simon Cowell is another big name who has eschewed most technological advances, including those of the musical variety like the iPod.
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