In today’s Observer, writer and poker champion Victoria Coren shared a story about the reaction of some guy (apparently some sort of celebrity in Britain) to a suggestion that he follow her on Twitter. To keep it brief:
“IT suggests I follow Victoria Coren. Who the hell is she? Y should I follow her? Her tweets read dull.”
“VICTORIA ALL MY TWEETERS RIVETED BY YOUR BOSOMS.”
He wrote to someone else: “NOW I KNOW SHE HAS LARGE BOSOMS.” To another: “If you’re not clear if Victoria’s bosom are firm, go there and get a hold on the situation.”
He sent a direct private message, just to me, saying: “You have enlived my tweeters who discovered your breasts when I knew 0 about them.” He put up four more public posts about my breasts and chatted about them with all who passed by – wheezing happily to one follower: “How naughty of Uto suggest Victoria shows us a piccy-poo of her boobs.”
In response, her column has received all the unoriginal, unhelpful comments. Among the milder ones:
i think the answer is…………….
Don’t do twitter, don’t look at other people’s tweets.
It’s just self-obsessed people (“celebrities”) shrieking at each other. We might as well let them get on with it.
Would have been best to just ignore him as to be honest there are a lot more important things to be getting on with and fighting for as witnessed on those other users of twitter whether they be disability campaigners or Middle Eastern nationals whose futures I would have thought are far more important than a spat about some breasts and a couple of so called celebrities. Move on Victoria and spend your time on more worthwhile pursuits. There are many out there.
we all have interactions that go badly, usually with someone we don’t know very well, or at all. but then we go home and fret about them for a bit, but then they are forgotten.
but on twitter is it the same, or is it different, i suppose its a magnified version of what happens in real life. but then as there are so many interactions on it, they are proably as meaningless as a conversation that went badly on the street.
just llok on it as being a bit like one of those miserable people you meet every so often who says something nasty, and forget about him.
I enjoyed the article, as always the lady’s wit & wisdom is a pleasant addition to a Suynday morning, but I have to agree (as nearly always!) with lightacandle: there’s a hell of a lot of more interesting & important topics to spend time on than an aging sexist.
Twitter’s not really the best place to expect good manners, thoughtful comment or liberal attitudes. And – going purely by the films he’s made which I’ve seen- Michael Winner’s not really a man to expect these things from either.
Pointless, z-list ‘celebrity’ has futile social media war with other pointless z-list ‘celebrity’…..yawn
Aside from demonstrating that the average commenter can neither spell nor punctuate, these folks seem to be working very hard to suggest that this is all a boring little commonplace happening that deserves no attention at all. It even seems to be a popular argument, but it leaves me with one question.
Are all these people leaving their comments, then turning their attention to the offensive twit in question and saying, “Dude! They’re breasts! You’ve got to learn to expect those on women. Get over it!”?
Are any of them?