We here at Ladies…love Twitter. There’s something kind of twisted and voyeuristic and slightly stalkerish about it that we just adore. (There’s also something to be said about the ability to roll our eyes at Ashton Kutcher in real time. Oh, admit it. You follow him, too. There are two million of us.)
Of course,there’s a downside to being a celebrity on Twitter. For one thing, everything you say can be turned around and announced in the mainstream media. (Newt Gingrich’s Tweet calling Judge Sonia Sotomayor a racist went from ill-advised tweet to conservative nutjob talking point almost immediately. Gossip sites ran with the announcement that John Mayer had *gasp* announced his breakup with Jennifer Aniston on Twitter.) There’s no privacy.
But then, there are the impostors. Ohhhhhh, there are impostors. For some ungodly reason, people amuse themselves by making up fake Twitter accounts and pretending to be celebrities. We don’t quite understand it, but some people will do anything for attention. (Just look at Spencer Pratt. Don’t worry, we hate ourselves for making that joke, and for knowing who he is in the first place.) Usually, a celebrity will catch wind of one of these accounts, sign up with their own account and declare that the impostors are fake. No harm done, takes about five minutes, everyone moves on, right?
Y’see, Tony LaRussa, the man who invented baseball, found out that some yahoo was pretending to be him on the internet, got pissed off and…sued Twitter. Because, see, the tweets were ‘derogatory and defaming’ and (and this is our favorite) they ‘damaged LaRussa’s trademark rights.’ Yeah. A fake twitter account? Damaged his trademark rights. Because that’s not a completely unnecessary and overblown flipout or anything. He couldn’t have solved the problem by mentioning that he doesn’t use Twitter in a press conference or anything. Oh, no. Not our Tony. Not the Smartest Man Alive. No, no. Clearly, this deserves a lawsuit. Can you say ‘frivolous lawsuit’? Because I can.
If it wasn’t bad enough that LaRussa is having the Queen Mother of all overblown hissyfits about this, it’s worth noting that until he flipped his lid, most of the world didn’t even know that there was someone on Twitter pretending to be him. This Lady is fairly up on her athlete Twitterers (Hi, @chaddurbin!) and still had no idea that someone was even pretending to be Tony LaRussa, of all people. So, you know, way to keep that on the down low, Tones.
Not that we’re surprised that LaRussa would have an inexplicable fit about something in public. We’re talking about the man who threw his own pitcher under the bus on camera in the middle of a 2004 World Series game. The man isn’t intimately acquainted with a chill pill, is what we’re saying.
Who knows? Maybe tomorrow, LaRussa will wake up and regret having such a public temper tantrum. We doubt it.
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