But as Jimmy Kimmel's latest entry in the Celebrities Read Mean Tweets About Themselves franchise proves, that might not be such a great idea.
On Sunday night's post-Finals episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, the TV host brought in a series of NBA players, veterans and commentators to get a firsthand look at the kind of abuse being a popular sports figure entails. Some of the criticism was rude – Stephen Curry's facial hair is fine, seriously – and some was on-point – Dikembe Mutombo does sound a lot like a certain Sesame Street character – but each barb left its target chuckling all the same. Being a super-athletic millionaire makes it easy to laugh off the little things.
As always, some of the rude Tweeters used their newfound bully pulpit to immediately apologize:
Did I just become famous?— A. (@aerienari) June 16, 2014
Lmao omg I can't stop laughing at my tweet on jimmy kimmel! Thanks twitter world, that's the closest I'll ever be to the A list..— A. (@aerienari) June 16, 2014
Just a reminder: If you don't have anything nice to say, make sure you Tweet it so that you may one day end up on national television.