It’s an age where words hurt just as much as sticks and stones; and a world where-in people crib about the lack of privacy, whilst posting their most intimate details online and clicking ‘share with all’.
Having laid out this peculiar premise, here are 2012’s most talked about Twitter meltdowns – thus far.
The day Piggy Chops huffed, puffed and blew her top.
Priyanka Chopra may not have finished work on her debut album but she’s already channeling her inner Rihanna. Harrowed by constant criticism, the actress surprised everyone when she retweeted the Barbados singer¹s tweet that included the F-word – ‘RT @rihanna Fk I look like ho? I look like yes and ya look like no.’ Many fans were shocked, including one very influential one – Amitabh Bachchan was quick to reprimanded: ‘@priyankachopra @rihanna Priyanka !!!??? 4 letter word !!???? From you ???’.
Chetan Bhagat puts his foot in his mouth. Again.
After an inappropriate father’s day joke, he tweeted: ‘If gulpanag had married umar gul (Pakistani cricketer), wud her name become gul gul?’. The rehashed joke was not well received. Gul Panag who wasn’t pleased, and replied immediately – ‘Chetan Bhagat at least you are expected to be more original than that.’
Shahid Kapoor’s little type-o makes him the butt of all jokes.
Unlike Paris Hilton’s propensity to flash her knickers every time she exits a vehicle, this Twitter tumble could have been avoided. The hilarious type-o happened when the actor was excitedly tweeting about his film Mausam’s premiere that evening. He wrote: ‘Premier in the evening my girlgand deciding what I should wear.’ Clearly a boy of more polished repute, the actor who was referring to his ‘girlgang’ (the stylists), immediately received a spate of hilarious tweet-backs from smart-Alecs across the web.
Ramu is no gentleman. At least on Twitter.
After the premiere of Buddha, Ram Gopal Verma posted a tweet: “Just watched Bbhuddah nd am. angry with bacchan that hes such a choo***aa not to do films like this nd am such a l**d not to realize this.” Immediately quizzed and asked about his usage of profanity whilst referring to Mr. Bacchan, the filmmaker clarified: “This is a word of expression, my way of expressing my excitement after watching the movie.” An indirect-apology if we¹ve ever heard one!
Piggy chops burns herself with hot Koffee
Some time ago, Twitter followers of Karan Johar were surprised to see angry tweets by the filmmaker, calling someone ‘lame and spineless’. It took little time for people to guess that in all likelihood, he was referring to actor Priyanka Chopra. Trouble began when unnamed friends of Priyanka’s strongly defending her in the allegations of a rumoured affair with Shah Rukh Khan, hinted that Johar had been bitching about her. Without naming anyone, it also targeted ‘star wives’ (in reference to SRK’s wife, Gauri) saying, ‘If these women are insecure about their relationships with their husbands, they should sort it out with them, at home. A fuming Karan Johar soon shot back, ‘Using their hired PR machinery and hiding behind so called “friends” to get news into tabloids is nothing but spineless and lame!!’ He added: ‘Some people need to wake up and smell the KOFFEE!!! Get a reality check before it¹s too late!!! Grow up!!! and don¹t mess with goodness.’ The back and forth went on for many hours.
So how hard is it to really proof read just 140 characters?
Twitter is a wonderful form of communication. And it’s instant. But, with everyone from popstars to politicians and Suhail Seth hooked onto this site, sparks are bound to fly. And with reputations on the line, it’s time celebrities realized just how much trouble a poor tweet can cause.