Should Game’s Latest Twitter Prank Land Him In Serious Legal Trouble?
Game‘s new album, The R.E.D. Album, hits stores next Tuesday. We say that, because it’s pretty obvious that he was trying to drum up some interest in the project when he decided to jump on Twitter last Friday to tell his 580,000 followers to call him if they wanted to work as an intern for him—and then posted a phone number for the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
He had to know that it would get him some coverage on the Internet. However, he probably had no idea that he’d get the kind of coverage that he’s getting now. Namely, coverage about how he could be facing misdemeanor charges as a result of his actions!
The problem with Game’s Twitter prank is that, as a result of him posting the Sheriff’s Department’s phone number, hundreds of his followers called up and jammed the department’s phone lines. During the course of the night, a number of emergency calls, including one for spousal assault and two for robberies, went unanswered at first because no one was available to answer the calls. Captain Mike Parker talked to the Los Angeles Times shortly after the incident and called Game’s actions “beyond responsible” before indicating that Game could face charges as a result of his actions. “The deputies’ ability to answer the phones and dispatch personnel to help these people was significantly impeded,” he said.
TMZ caught up with Game over the weekend to ask him his thoughts on the incident. And, not surprisingly, he backtracked and tried to say that it was one of his friends, not him, who sent out the tweet featuring the Sheriff’s Department’s phone number. He even took things a step further by saying that his friend didn’t knowing he was tweeting the number to the Sheriff’s Department when he did it. But he didn’t shy away from the publicity that it got him. “Casey Anthony can get away with murder,” he told TMZ, “and The Game goes to jail for tweeting. God bless America.”
Of course, this is just Game being Game. Whether he sent out the tweets in question or not, they went out through his phone under his Twitter handle and he’s done very little in terms of apologizing to the police department. But it brings an interesting question to mind: How much responsibility should celebrities be forced to take when their tweets cause real problems in the world?
In the case of Game, he should be held accountable for this Twitter prank gone wrong. His tweet seriously hindered the L.A. police department’s ability to cater to citizens with real emergencies. So, if nothing else, Game should be punished in order to send a clear message to other celebrities. In this day and age, they need to be more responsible about the ways that they use Twitter and other forms of technology when they communicate with their fans. The things they say and do can cause problems if they’re not careful.
So, yeah. Game’s album is coming out next Tuesday. And we know that’s exactly why his name is tied up into this whole thing right now. He’s getting the publicity he wants. But if the L.A. Sheriff’s Department wants to show the world that they’re serious about punishing Game, they’ll make sure that he’s still paying the price for his Twitter prank long after The R.E.D. Album drops. Otherwise, who’s to say that another celeb won’t do the same thing—and cause even bigger problems than Game did? Let’s put an end to it now.