If we bracket for a moment the Kanyes of the world, celebrity social media accounts tend to fall into a few categories: there are beloved celebs whose posts simply confirm their delightfulness (Leslie Jones, the magic that is Tom Hanks' stray gloves, signed with “Hanx”). There are people we might have otherwise assumed were pretty but boring who turn out to be actually very clever, funny and pretty (Chrissy Teigen, Ryan Reynolds). And there are people to whom we might have never given a second thought—people who, upon the public assessing their public-facing content, turn out to be undeniable racists or homophobes (for the latter: hi, Kevin Hart).
But actual impact on a person’s stock aside, the purpose of most social media accounts is self-promotion. This is true for the famous and the non-famous. It is true whether you’re hawking a bullshit detox tea or posting pics of the show you played last night or self-deprecating jokes about being an old lady for staying home on a Saturday or finding the best angle for your engagement ring or car.
And then there’s Patti Smith.
Patti Smith doesn’t need to tell you how great she is, and hopefully, you don’t need me to tell you either. The Godmother of Punk’s music, poetry and visual art have shaped the American landscape for a solid half-century now; people like Madonna, Morrissey, and Michael Stipe all point to her and her seminal record Horses as a starting spark for their careers. Courtney Love once told VH1 that she first heard Smith’s music while Love was a teenager, in juvenile hall, and "realized that you could do something that was completely subversive that didn't involve violence [or] felonies. I stopped making trouble.”
Smith’s 2010 memoir Just Kids won the National Book Award. She’s an elder stateswoman, to be sure—but she also really liked Aqua Teen Hunger Force, as evidenced by her elegy for the show upon its series finale in 2015. (Show of hands for who else can think of no better dream date than an evening of getting stoned with Patti Smith and watching ATHF? I thought so.)