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Celebrity Gossip: Tweet gone wrong…

Posted by nbalkhjav on July 31, 2012

Yet another example of public figures using their twitter handle to show that they’re completely out -of-touch with the rest of the universe. These people need to realize that twitter is a highly sophisticated tool for communicating with the rest of the world 140 characters at a time (and that the crazy thoughts people have in their head should stay in their head, not on their twitter walls).

Country superstar Blake Shelton is the next celebrity with bad judgment when it comes to tweeting (For those who don’t know who Blake Shelton is, he is one of the VOICE judges). In fact, Shelton is quite famous for his drunk and incomprehensible tweets. Some say he has dark humor and some (me included) just think he doesn’t think twice before ‘tweeting’ out loud. This time around though, he took his twitter-mania too far. He sent the following tweet: “Does anyone know if the Eastern Box turtle is protected in Oklahoma? If so I didn’t just swerve to the shoulder of the road to smash one…”

Not surprisingly, people responded with absolute outrage. Some showed concern for the poor turtle, while others buried Shelton with angry tweets. NPR blogger Barbara J. King replied to Shelton’s tweet by asking him if it was a bad joke, “That turtle’s life meant something- was your tweet a bad joke? Why would you be so cruel to a living being?” Shelton replied with the simple “Shut up…”

The real twitter war began after this remark. Many angry tweets were sent to Shelton’s way (some of which he responded to). Twitter user @turtlefeed, who sent number of tweets discussing Shelton’s cruelty toward animals, got the most attention from Shelton. Shelton replied, “Hey @turtlefeed. Before u make an even bigger dipshit of urself you should research on how much money i have raised to feed homeless animals,” and later adding, “Hey @turtlefeed.. I solely have raised over a million dollars in animal rescue/conservation alone… How much have you raised? Oh. Ok. Next!”

After marathon of back and forth tweets, he finally admitted that he was just joking. “The best part of all of this is that the dumb asses didn’t even look to see that I’m not even in Oklahoma today!! I’m in North Dakota!! Do they even have turtles in North Dakota?!!! God almighty!!! What’s wrong with people?! Get a life!! Get a job!! Get laid!! For once!!!” He then also added, “For the last time I didn’t hit a turtle! I haven’t seen a turtle! So please all you turtle freaks go back to eating your boogers!! It’s ok.”

Shelton was much criticized for his mad joke and the way he responded to people’s tweets. He was forced to apologize. And this is what he tweeted: “Ok… Now that “Turtle-Gate” is over I want to apologize for my ignorant joke.. I never ran over a turtle. It wasn’t even possible.”  

Wow, when are you people going to understand the power of Twitter? I bet another celebrity just tweeted something outrageous as I type this blog post… 

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