Racist homophobes' newspaper of choice, The Daily Mail, is at the centre of yet more Twitter outrage today, after it suggested in an article that the uncrowned King of the microblogging site, Stephen Fry, is in fact rather boring when tweeting.
In a scathing piece it slammed many of the popular celebrity's 'tweets' as being inane and pointless, and went on to say that it was "a wonder his followers didn't die from sheer tedium and abject boredom when reading his timeline". To illustrate its point it quotes one of Fry's tweets in particular:
Oh bums and fishooks! M'chum Hugh Laurie's on Later With Jools Holland and I'm busy doing a voiceover for Waitrose. Damn it to hell!
At first it was thought that Fry hadn't spotted the criticism, or else if he had then he was simply going to ignore it, but then sensationally at 3.00am yesterday morning, and plainly smarting and deeply wounded by its content, he tweeted this to his three million plus followers:
Gah! I'm fed up with this constant getting at me and sadly m'chums, I think I must delete my account. Meh!
But users of social networking site soon came to the hoity-toity funnyman's defence, and in no time at all they had the hashtag #DailyMailisShite trending across the world. One Tweeter, @Sadknobend, summed up the mood in this tweet:
Stephen you're really fab and we all love you. Please don't leave Stephen, please...! #DailyMailisShite
It's understood that the Oscar Wilde-playing Thespian cum Quiz-master was only persuaded to remain on the site by the support and loyalty of his legions of followers. He later tweeted:
So touched by all your wonderful love and best wishes. Am deeply humbled. :-) #DailyMailisShite
Another tweeter who asked for their identity to be kept secret said. "Stephen's great, and following him really makes me feel that there is actually some kind of one-to-one connection between us. Like I know if I was ever in a fix, say maybe I owed money to loan sharks or something like that, then all I would have to do is DM (Direct Message) Stephen and I could be sure of some help and support. No doubt in my mind whatsoever."