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Tamar’s Friday #FailureToLaunch #8 – Ashton Kutcher and the dancing shoplifter

Henry Elliss
Henry Elliss
Managing Director
11 November 2011


One of Twitter’s biggest celebrity advocates, Ashton Kutcher, has decided to take a break from the micro-blogging site this week, after he caused uproar with a comment about a US football coach.

The offending tweet said: “How do you fire Jo Pa? Insult, no class, as a university of Iowa hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste”. If you’re as clueless about US sports as I am, that won’t make a lot of sense, so here’s the low-down from a US blog:

The post was in relation to the claims that Penn State football coach Joe Paterno’s assistant Jerry Sandusky has been sexually abusing eight boys over fifteen years, and although Paterno reported the claims to the university’s athletic director, but he was criticized for not taking more action and subsequently sacked.

Kutcher’s tweet is made worse (if possible) by the fact that he is the patron of an anti-sexual-exploitation charity – an irony not lost on a lot of his followers. After removing the offending tweet, Kutcher decided he should take some down-time from Twitter, tweeting: “As of immediately I will stop tweeting until I find a way to properly manage this feed. I feel awful about this error. Won’t happen again.”

Elsewhere in the celebrity-Twitter-FAIL universe, Forrest Griffin also got in trouble for a “joke” he made about his wife. Read the full story here – it’s too ugly to quote…

Rumours of my death… etc

We’re not entirely sure who the subject of this story IS, but the mistake that seems to have lead to it made us chuckle a little. It seems that actress Ruby Dee was reported as dead this week, a rumour which seems to have either been started by – or just exacerbated by – Twitter.

According to several sites reporting the story, the most likely reason for the reports is that people may have confused “Ruby Dee” with “Heavy D”, the rap star who DID sadly pass away this week. Whilst their names are (sort of) similar, that’s about the only similarity between the two stars, making the confusion that little bit more odd!

Stroppy Poppy

Not specifically a FAIL this one, but it was very interesting to watch the run-up to Remembrance Day through the eyes of Twitter this week. As the offline world was abuzz with arguments between FIFA, the Government and just about everybody else with an opinion, Twitter seemed divided on whether or not people should be allowed to wear a poppy – and whether or not people should be forced to wear one if they don’t want to.

We don’t really have an opinion either way (though we support Remembrance day heartily) but it certainly proved interesting to see how fierce people will get about their beliefs online…

And finally… the dancing shoplifter

What more can you say about this guy than has already been said? He’s shoplifting, and having such a good time that he’s dancing at the same time. The man has become an internet sensation… and presumably quite easy for police to track-down!



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