Entries in Tweets (5)


Racist Tweets Target 'Hunger Games' Stars

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- While The Hunger Games has been a huge box office success, there are a few fans who have tweeted racially-insensitive complaints about the film.

The tweets specifically targeted Lenny Kravitz, who plays Cinna, an adviser to Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss, and Amandla Stenberg, who plays Katniss' young companion Rue. Both actors are black.

A Tumblr blog titled "Hunger Games Tweets" has drawn attention to the tweets. One tweet reads, "call me racist but when i found out rue was black her death wasn't as sad #ihatemyself." There are other tweets that cannot be republished here due to their insensitive nature.

The book on which the movie is based describes Rue as having "dark brown skin and eyes." Cinna's race is not disclosed.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, many of the Twitter accounts that published the tweets have been shut down.

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Spike Lee Retweets Incorrect Address of Trayvon Martin Shooter

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- An elderly Florida couple has been caught in the crosshairs of the Trayvon Martin shooting case due to an inaccurate retweet by Spike Lee and others.

The director retweeted an address said to belong to George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin dead on Feb. 26, to his 250,000 followers, according to website  But the address was incorrect and has caused the couple to go into hiding.

David McClain, 72, and his wife Elaine McClain, 70, are now living in a hotel and said they are concerned for their safety.

“We’re afraid for our lives,” Elaine McClain told WKMG-TV in Orlando.

McClain said her son’s middle name is George and his last name is Zimmerman, but he hadn’t lived at the residence since 1995.

Elaine McClain has heart problems, and when contacted by ABC News, said she was not doing well and was heading out to a doctor’s appointment. McClain said she and her husband parked around the corner from their home and were briefly stopping by to grab clothes and other necessities.

The tweet originated from an account with the Twitter handle @MACCAPONE, The Smoking Gun reported.  The account, which is the handle for a Los Angeles man named Marcus Higgins, tweeted the address at various celebrities. Lee was the only one to retweet it.

The director was active on Twitter Wednesday, retweeting negative messages he has received since sharing the McClains’ address.

Elaine McClain said Lee owes her and her husband a “big apology."

Late Wednesday, Lee apologized via Twitter: "I Deeply Apologize To The McClain Family For Retweeting Their Address. It Was A Mistake. Please Leave The McClain's In Peace."

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Miley Cyrus Wants Twitter to Monitor Threatening Tweets

ABC/KAREN NEAL(LOS ANGELES) -- Miley Cyrus isn’t going to stand by and let anonymous people wish her harm via Twitter.  After one such person tweeted that that they wished the singer/actress dead because she “dresses like white trash” and is “so f***king hideous,” Miley responded, “U have nothing better 2 do than hate? That saddens me. Im surrounded by love Im sorry 4 whatever happened 2 make u so bitter.”

According to E! Online, the alleged death threats have been deleted, but Miley’s responses to them are still posted -- and in one of them, she calls out Twitter for allowing this kind of abuse.   When fans suggested she simply ignore the haters, Miley wrote, “I wont tolerate someone telling me 2 die. I think Twitter needs to take some responsibility and make it a safe environment!”

Soon afterwards, Miley departed for Elton John’s annual Oscar night viewing party, where she looked absolutely gorgeous in a sophisticated, backless silver fishtail gown, with a vintage-style hairdo.  “Thank you Sir Elton John for such a lovely night!,” she tweeted. “Now to Vanity Fair. I love all the glitz & glam of the oscars & celebrating such talent!”

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Most Tweeted Ex-Couple? It’s Not Who You Think

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- For all of Demi Moore’s recent troubles, she might take comfort in knowing that her headline-making November breakup with Ashton Kutcher was NOT the recent celebrity split that attracted the most attention on Twitter.

Instead, that dubious honor may go to Katy Perry and Russell Brand, who went public with their breakup in late December. In the first 30 days after the pop star and British comedian announced their divorce, more than two million tweets emerged mentioning the kaput couple, according to an analysis of tweets on five recent celebrity breakups provided to ABC News by the Twitter tracking company Topsy Labs and the Web newspaper The Daily Dot.

In second place was reality star Kim Kardashian and her basketball player ex-beau Kris Humphries, whose October split generated more than 1.4 million tweets.

Tweets mentioning Kutcher and Moore (who still uses the Twitter handle “mrskutcher”) for the first 30 days after their breakup totaled just fewer than 300,000 -- despite the fact that Kutcher was the first person to amass 1 million Twitter followers. Since that 2009 achievement,  Kutcher has seen his total tweeple count eclipsed by both Perry and Kardashian, whose follower totals are well into the eight digits. Kutcher has 9.3 million while his ex, Moore, has 4.6 million.

Owen Thomas, the founding editor of The Daily Dot, said the Twitter breakup reaction stats seemed to reflect celebrities’ overall fame.

“It’s not how hip they are or how active they are on Twitter, it’s how many people know them, period,” he said.

But certain popular celebs shouldn’t expect Twitter to be a source of breakup solace. While it’s tough to track the exact content of all Twitter messages, Thomas said many of the tweets about Kardashian and Humphries’ 72-day marriage weren’t quite sympathetic.

“With Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, it was clearly, ‘Come on, what were you thinking?’” he said.

Users did, however, appear “bummed” about the breakup of singer Seal and supermodel Heidi Klum. News of their busted marriage last month generated half a million mentions in just eight days. (In an ABC News vote asking readers which celeb breakup upset them the most, Seal and Klum ranked at the top.)

Thomas said that given Twitter’s ever-increasing reach -- the micro-blogging site announced last year that it has 200 million total users -- and the tendency of tweets to mention real names instead of Twitter handles, sentiment about celebs expressed on Twitter likely reflects sentiment felt by the public at large.

“It’s not the hardcore Twitter heads dominating the conversation,” he said. “It’s ordinary people.”

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Gilbert Gottfried Apologizes for Japan Jokes; Stars Chime in

Shawn Ehlers/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Comic Gilbert Gottfried is now apologizing for the jokes he posted last weekend on his Twitter page about the killer Japanese quake and tsunami, which got him fired from his decade-long gig as the voice of the Aflac duck.

In a statement, the comic said Tuesday, "I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy...I meant no disrespect, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families."

Some stars are saying the insurance company should have known what they were getting into with Gottfried, whose stand-up material is known for often crossing the line.

On his radio show Tuesday, Gottfried's pal Howard Stern said, "You couldn't ask for a more inappropriate human being than Gilbert Gottfried.  When the Aflac people hired him...they know this is an offensive guy, this is a guy whose humor is offensive.  He's made fun of every natural disaster I know...There's no reason for him to be fired.  They should have never hired him to begin with!"

Joy Behar expressed a similar sentiment on The View Tuesday.

Joan Rivers also sounded off about Gottfried Tuesday, saying "That's what comedians do!  We react to tragedy by making jokes to help people in tough times feel better through laughter."

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