#RealClassy: The Top 4 Dumbest Tweets
Along with the outpouring of grief and support it produced, Amy Winehouse’s death also gave people another opportunity to show how many bad decisions they can make in 140 characters or less. Microsoft UK got jeers for using the tragedy to sell MP3s, tweeting “Remember Amy Winehouse by downloading the ground-breaking ‘Back to Black’ over at Zune.” And Keri Hilson angered many by posting a picture of herself with a Winehouse impersonator, saying “Amy Winehouse resurrected to party w/ me!!!” Lest we forget, let’s take a look back at the biggest mistakes people have made on this 5-year-old network.
Gilbert Godfried and the Japanese Tsunami
Fifteen thousand people had just lost their lives and Japan was fighting a nuclear disaster following one of the most powerful earthquakes on record. Time for a few jokes, right? Comedian Gilbert Godfried thought so, tweeting gems like, “I just split up with my girlfriend, but as the Japanese say, ‘They’ll be another one floating buy any minute now.’” And this wasn’t a one-time lapse of judgment: He was making these jokes for days. The flap cost him his gig as the voice of the Aflac Duck.
Kenneth Cole and the Arab Spring
“Millions are in uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available online at http://bit.ly/KCairo -KC” Yes, Mr. Cole. Because the bold, bloody, democratic revolution overthrowing some of the world’s most tenacious dictators is totally comparable to your jungle-inspired urbanwear.
Entenmann’s and the Casey Anthony Verdict
Ok, comedians and fashion designers have to be edgy. But a baked goods company? Some marketer at Entenmann’s tried to ride a trending wave by tweeting “Who’s #notguilty about eating all the tasty treats they want?!” just hours after the infamous verdict was announced. Entenmann’s later said the reference was “completely unintentional,” which is as believable as the verdict itself.
I think the wounds about this one are still fresh, not that any amount of time will wash away the image of those bulging gray boxers from our memories. Lots of tweets have had big repercussions, but so far this is the only one to bring down a Congressman. Though I have a funny feeling it won’t be the last.