Friday, 7 March 2014

New Article: Tweeting the Oscars

And the Tweet Goes To...

And the Tweet Goes To…

This year it seemed like Twitter upstaged the Oscars in some big ways. And I, yes, even I got in on the action. Earlier in the weekend I made a decision:

I then started a show-long joke that I doubt anyone actually got because (A) very few people follow me on Twitter and (B) it was a four-hour joke with a punchline that doesn’t really look like a punchline unless you know I was doing a joke. Let’s see if you can figure it out. Look closely at this first tweet, and then watch the time stamps on the following tweets.

Get it? The overall theme was that I would live-tweet the Oscars but miss the vast majority of it by making and eating dinner and then taking a two-hour bathroom break. Yeah, okay, it wasn’t that funny, but it sure was ambitious.

Twitter was actually a part of the Oscar ceremony in a big way this year. Host Ellen DeGeneres was very vocal about tweeting the goings-on, including her now-infamous, twitter-breaking, group selfie (more on that later). Gobs of the celebrities in attendance were tweeting the goings-on as well. But for me the real highlight of Oscar tweeting was Chrissy Teigen.

Chrissy Teigen is a model and the wife of singer John Legend. She was on the cover of the 50th Anniversary Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue:

Not only that, but she just happens to be whip-smart and one of the funniest people on Twitter. She also had my favorite dress of anyone at the Oscars:

She was very active on Twitter that night, which led to two of my favorite Twitter moments of the Oscars. She started out pretty normal:

But she soon made a rather critical spelling error in a tweet about Angelina Jolie:

Apparently her followers started to rib her something fierce about it, and she was understandably embarrassed:

But she quickly gave up and embraced it:

And after that it was on: finding a way to insert one or more scatological words in to celebrity names. In the span of the next couple of minutes we got:

  1. Bradley Pooper
  2. Leonardo dicraprio
  3. Amy Shatams
  4. Brad Shitt
  5. Angelina PooPee

And soon, of course, her fans joined in and sent her gems like:

  • Liza Shitsmelli
  • Steve Fartin
  • Anne Crapaway
  • Joseph Gordon-Levshitt
  • Natalie Pootman
  • Gwynneth Boweltro

After which Chrissy sagely observed:

But my absolute favorite part of the night came just a few minutes later, when Ellen DeGeneres created her group selfie tweet. She gathered a bunch of celebrities and took a photo (well, had Bradley Cooper take a photo), which she tweeted in an attempt to break the record for most re-tweets of a photo. It worked:

But one Katie Henderson, who was watching the television at that moment, noticed someone in the background with a camera raised…

Yes, that’s Chrissy Teigen behind everyone, taking a photo of a photo being taken! And here it is:

Well, I thought that was pretty durned awexome.

But anyway. Aside from the show-long lame joke that I concocted, there was another reason why I didn’t really live-tweet the Oscars. And that’s the fact that I actually really enjoy the Oscars. I always have. There’s a reason why I write an article about the Oscars every year. And sitting there with a phone or laptop in my hand, forcing myself to be funny/sarcastic about something that I genuinely enjoy experiencing just sounded like a special kind of Hell to me. So instead I made my cute li’l joke, sat back, and enjoyed the show.

I think Kris Straub said it best, so I’ll let this strip from his Chainsawsuit webcomic sum up my feelings:

Source: Chainsawsuit by Kris Straub.

Source: Chainsawsuit by Kris Straub.

Don’t get me wrong, I love being funny. People pay five bucks a head every weekend to see me be funny. But sometimes there’s nothing wrong with just putting Twitter down and being immersed in the moment. Try it sometime.

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