Reality stars spar on Twitter over race and the RNC
The 2012 Republican National Convention is barely underway, and already celebrities have lit Twitter aflame with very provocative tweets.
First, Samuel L. Jackson experienced a heavy backlash when he tweeted his lament over Hurricane Isaac failing to destroy the convention’s Tampa location. Now, American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken and Apprentice winner and country music star John Rich are exchanging fire.
As the retweets (currently numbering more than 700) piled up, Rich shot back.
During the feud, followers of both men shared their opinions, support, and contempt.
Celebrities posting heavily opinionated tweets during current events is nothing new; neither is the ensuing backlash, be it from other celebrities or the public. A March 2011 tweet that joked about tsunami victims in Japan cost comedian Gilbert Gottfried his job as Aflac’s spokes-duck. Additionally, actor Orlando Jones infuriated followers in late 2011 when he expressed a desire to see liberal Americans kill Sarah Palin.
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