THINK BE­FORE YOU TWEET!

looks at celebri­ties and so­cial me­dia

The Chronicle - - Smarter For 10 - Mar­ion McMullen

THE re­boot of Amer­i­can sit­com Roseanne has been can­celled af­ter a “racist” tweet by the show’s 65-year-old star Roseanne Barr, left, com­par­ing for­mer Barack Obama ad­viser Va­lerie Jar­rett to an ape. Roseanne later re­turned to Twit­ter to apol­o­gise to col­leagues who lost their jobs say­ing: “I just want to apol­o­gize to the hun­dreds of peo­ple, and won­der­ful writ­ers (all lib­eral) and tal­ented ac­tors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet.” SINGER Adele re­vealed on the Gra­ham Nor­ton Show last year that she has nearly got in trou­ble in the past for drunk-tweet­ing so her tweets are now checked by her man­age­ment be­fore they go live. She said: “I mean I’m not a drinker any more, but when Twit­ter first came out I was, like, drunk tweet­ing, and nearly put my foot in it quite a few times.” DON­ALD Trump, right, of­ten leaves us scratch­ing our heads with his Twit­ter tirades, but one proved par­tic­u­larly cryp­tic. His tweet, “De­spite the con­stant neg­a­tive press cov­fefe”, had us all stumped. Was it a typo? A nu­clear launch code? A Rus­sian swear word? Trump wasn’t telling. Press Sec­re­tary Sean Spicer told jour­nal­ists, “The Pres­i­dent and a small group of peo­ple know ex­actly what he meant.” Twit­ter said that it briefly sus­pended ac­tress Rose McGowan’s ac­count in the wake of the Har­vey We­in­stein scan­dal last year, not be­cause of her com­ments about sex­ual abuse in Hol­ly­wood, but be­cause she had in­cluded a pri­vate tele­phone num­ber in a post. They later said: “The tweet was re­moved and her ac­count has been un­locked.” FOR­MER shadow chan­cel­lor and Strictly Come Danc­ing con­tes­tant Ed Balls ac­ci­den­tally tweeted his own name on April 28, 2011, when he was shop­ping in a su­per­mar­ket and Ed Balls Day was born. The orig­i­nal tweet ended up be­ing shared 103,000 times. Star Wars ac­tor Mark Hamill joined in the fun and Ed replied with “#MayThe Ball­sBeWithYou.” AT MORE than 190m fol­low­ers, Katy Perry is cur­rently top of the Twit­ter tree. Re­cent pearls of wis­dom from the Amer­i­can pop star in­clude “Ev­ery­thing is en­ergy, words are vi­bra­tions, re­mem­ber words are ARE pow­er­ful. Change I can’t to I can. I won’t to I will. You can shift that en­ergy my an­gels.” DEAD­POOL star Ryan Reynolds has be­come fa­mous for his out­ra­geous com­edy quips on Twit­ter. He wrote last year: “I’d walk through fire for my daugh­ter. Well not FIRE, be­cause it’s dan­ger­ous. But a su­per hu­mid room. But not too hu­mid, be­cause my hair.” 8 FOOT­BALLER Wayne Rooney took to Twit­ter in 2011 in re­sponse to grow­ing com­ments about his bald­ness. The for­mer Eng­land star said: “Just to con­firm to all my fol­low­ers I have had a hair trans­plant. I was go­ing bald at 25 why not. I’m de­lighted with the re­sult.” 9 ONE Di­rec­tion’s Harry Styles is known for keep­ing it short and sweet when it comes to tweets. He posted just “2016” when it came to New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions. How­ever, that has not stopped him at­tract­ing more than 32 mil­lion fol­low­ers. 10 KANYE West, left, posted a flurry of philo­soph­i­cal mes­sages on Twit­ter ear­lier this year say­ing that they form a book he is writ­ing “in real time.” The rap­per has said he wants to pen a phi­los­o­phy book called Break The Sim­u­la­tion and said on Twit­ter: “No pub­lisher or pub­li­cist will tell me what to put where or how many pages to write. This is not a fi­nan­cial op­por­tu­nity, this is an in­nate need to be ex­pres­sive.”

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