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Wednesday
Apr112012

Jon Lovitz Gets Anti-Semitic Bullies Expelled, Thanks to Twitter

Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Alzheimer's Association(NEW YORK) -- Former Saturday Night Live star Jon Lovitz has found a new use for the microblogging service Twitter: busting bullies.

Last week, the comic contacted the 26,000-plus followers on his Twitter feed to expose three girls who had been bullying his friend’s daughter, after the trio put dog feces on the girl’s doorstep and used syrup to paint swastikas and the word “Jew” on her front walk.

Lovitz posted a picture of their handiwork, saying, “Swastikas in sh** left on my friend’s front porch were done by three 14-year-old girls, driven to the house by one of the girl’s mother.” Lovitz also posted pictures of the three girls, saying, “The 3 girls who are bullying my friend’s daughter. They want to be known. Let them be famous as Jew haters. Pls RT.”

Lovitz saw a quick response, explaining Monday the girls have been “charged with a hate incident” — because syrup isn’t permanent — and later, “UPDATE!!!! The three girls who vandalized my friends home with swastikas and dog crap, have been expelled from their school permanently.”

The mother who drove the girls to the house in the middle of the night so they could pull off the prank could also face charges.

Lovitz says the bullied girl’s grandfather was a Holocaust survivor.

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Wednesday
Mar282012

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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Wednesday
Mar282012

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 thesmokinggun.com.  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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Saturday
Mar102012

Man Gets Thousands of Calls After Justin Bieber Tweets Number

Donna Svennevik/ABC(DALLAS) -- A tweet sent out by teen sensation Justin Bieber had one Texas man’s phone ringing off the hook, as “beliebers” from across the country hoped to be his “Somebody to Love.”

The tweet, sent out Wednesday around 10:30 p.m. CST, included a phone number with a Texas area code, saying, “Call me right now at 214 — —?” with a question mark in place of the last digit, and dashes representing actual numbers in his tweet.

Thousands of Bieber’s 18.2 million followers filled in the blank and started dialing, but instead of the pop star, fans calls were answered by a Dallas native with no connection to Bieber.

Kent, who wished to be identified only by his first name, said his phone hasn’t stopped ringing since Wednesday night. The tweet was quickly deleted after it was sent out, but that didn’t stop the thousands of fans from making the call.

“They all said, ‘Justin?’” Kent said. “As fast as I could pick it up and put it down, it was ringing again. The caller ID was exploding with numbers from all over the country.”

Kent said he has had the number for more than 20 years. He has both personal and business ties to it, making him hesitant to disconnect the line.

This wasn’t a “One Time” incident for the teen icon. In 2010, Bieber tweeted Kevin Kristopik’s phone number as revenge for hacking a friend’s Facebook page. The onslaught of phone calls and text messages to the Detroit teen forced him to disable his number and Twitter account. Bieber, at the time, had only 4.5 million followers on the social media site.

Another incident, this time involving a high-profile television star, caused a similar problem. Former Two and a Half Men actor Charlie Sheen accidentally tweeted his phone number when he meant to send it only to Bieber in a direct message.

As for Kent, he said he and his attorney have tried to reach out to Bieber and his representatives to get some answers about the tweet, but have not yet had their calls returned. Kent said he is considering taking legal action in the matter.

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Wednesday
Mar072012

Miss Seattle Apologizes for Twitter Rant

KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- The new Miss Seattle has had her crown for less than a week and is already apologizing for a Twitter rant about Seattle's incessant rain and says she didn't mean it when she talked about the city's "annoying people."

Jean-Sun Hannah Ahn was crowned Miss Seattle 2012 on Saturday night and since then tweets that the 22-year-old posted criticizing the city's rain and its residents were unearthed by a local reporter, sparking outcry online.

In December Ahn tweeted: "Ew, I'm seriously hating Seattle right now." She went on: "Take me back to az! Ugh can't stand cold rainy Seattle and the annoying people."

Ahn apologized for the tweets and explained to a local radio station that she had just moved from Phoenix back to Seattle and was still acclimating to the weather.

Ahn, also a former Miss Phoenix, posted the controversial tweets from her old account @MissPhoenix 2010 on Dec. 10, 2011. Since her win, she has taken down the tweets and changed her account to @MissSeattle2012.

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Tuesday
Feb282012

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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Tuesday
Feb282012

Oscars Telecast Spurs Twitter Accounts for Jolie's Leg, J-Lo's Nipple

SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Angelina Jolie's leg is relishing its 15 minutes of fame after it caught the attention of millions of Oscar viewers on Sunday night.

The actress wore a black dress featuring a split by her right leg, which was prominently showing when she presented an award.

It got a lot of people talking, so much so that someone created a Twitter account called "Angelina Jolie's Leg," which had nearly 20,000 followers as of Monday evening.

The tweets have been mostly innocuous, like "You have to admit I'm one hell of a leg" and "Left leg and I talked -- everything's cool. Next Oscars, she gets the slit."

The Twitter handle is @AngiesRightLeg, if you want to keep tabs on the "leg."

And that's not the only new Twitter account that was inspired by a celebrity's physical appearance at the Oscars.  After Jennifer Lopez's alleged nipple slip, the Twitter account @JLosNipple was created.  Two new accounts dedicated to Bradley Cooper's moustache were also created: @CoopersMustache and @BradleysStache.

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Monday
Feb202012

Miranda Lambert and Chris Brown in Twitter Feud

Chris Polk/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Miranda Lambert and Chris Brown have been battling in a public Twitter feud since the Grammy Awards last Sunday night.

On Monday, country singer Lambert, who is married to The Voice co-host Blake Shelton, tweeted: “And Chris Brown Twice? I don’t get it. He beat on a girl…Not cool that we act like that didn’t happen”

In 2009, Brown pleaded guilty for assaulting former girlfriend Rihanna and is now serving five years of probation.

Brown was applauded by the Grammy audience, which included Rihanna, for his performance and win for best R&B album.  His performance resulted in some very disturbing tweets from fans, including things like, “I’d let Chris Brown beat me up.”

Brown responded to Miranda’s tweet with one he has since taken down saying, “Hate all you want because I got a Grammy now! That’s the ultimate f*** off”

On Wednesday Lambert tweeted back, “I’m done for now. But not for good :) nite love bugs & remember… Be who you are an stand for what u believe in. NO MATTER WHAT!”  later adding, “Oh and one more thing for all who are asking….I have a Grammy too:)”

In a concert Thursday night at the Amherst, Mass., Mullins Center, Lambert held up a handwritten poster that read, “Take notes Chris Brown” and said, “Listen, I just need to speak my mind.  Where I come from, beating up on a woman is never OK.”

After the crowd applauded, she added, “So that’s why my daddy taught me early on in life how to use a shotgun.”

She then sang her hit song Gunpowder and Lead, which is about a woman preparing to shoot her abusive husband: “I’m goin’ home, gonna load my shotgun/ Wait by the door and light a cigarette/He wants a fight well now he’s got one/He ain’t seen me crazy yet.”

Many of Lambert’s songs, like White Liar and I Wanna Die are known to bash men.

In three separate tweets yesterday, Brown fired back, “Using my name to get publicity? I love it! Perform your heart out!  Go buy @miranda_lambert!  So motivational and “PERFECT.”  Goodnight to all the people who live life and who aren’t stuck in the past!”

Lambert has yet to respond to Brown’s tweets but Jack Osbourne, Michelle Branch and Eric Stonestreet have also expressed their disappointment in Brown’s Grammy acceptance.

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Friday
Feb032012

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.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jan172012

Ashton Kutcher Targets Twitter Hacker

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Self-confessed tech geek Ashton Kutcher is reportedly looking for revenge on the person that hacked his Twitter and Foursquare accounts.

According to RadarOnline, the star of Two and a Half Men tweeted, “So apparently someone thinks they are clever hacking my account. #lame.”

The tweet was removed from Kutcher’s stream on Monday, as was a second, which read, “Ok mr hacker, you only made one mistake. You hacked my Foursquare and now I know your address. Whoops…This is gonna be fun.”

Kutcher, who is an investor in Foursquare, later linked a photograph of the hacker’s purported location, adding the message, “I’m coming for you my friend…”

The fake post, which Kutcher claims he did not post, centered around his rumored new girlfriend, Lorene Scafaria, who is a Hollywood screenwriter.

The imposter tweeted: “First official sleepover with my girl @lorenscafaria so maybe breakfast with everyone next time! (@ Lorene’s house,)."  A link to a map which shows the address on Foursquare was included by the hacker.

Later on Monday, Ashton tweeted, "Big props to Foursquare.com for your amazing security team!"

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