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This Horny Reply Watchgoose is calling out all Twitter pervs

Can't behave yourself on Twitter? That'll be a honk.

Aug 14, 2018, 3:20 pm*

Internet Culture

Stacey Ritzen 

Stacey Ritzen

Although it’s a well-regarded fact that Twitter is 100 percent free—as the running meme joke goes—a much less ballyhooed fact is that is that Twitter is also 100 percent public. Some people opt to protect their accounts, but honestly, that’s pointless. You may as well just go on Facebook. Plus, with the convenience of screengrabs, nothing anyone says on social media truly has any guarantee of privacy. As a wise man once said, “You can’t take something off the internet, it’s like trying to take pee out of a swimming pool. Once it’s in there, it’s in there.”

Yet many people still persist on tweeting extremely bad, ill-advised opinions on this very free, very public website.

When you factor in Twitter’s continued refusal to ban literal Nazis and other problematic users, the outcome has resulted in call-out culture. Say something racist on the internet and there’s a fair chance you might get outed for it by accounts such as Racist Pets on Racism WatchDog. (Although the latter recently came under fire for inadvertently posting a racist tweet, which proves that not even call out accounts are safe from being called out on.)

Until recently, however, there has not been such an account to call out the glut of horny perverts on Twitter, who have been allowed to roam unleashed and without abandon for far too long. If you’re a woman on Twitter, at some point you’ve almost definitely been harassed or received an inappropriate response to a tweet that was completely unwarranted. And even if you reported it, the site may not have done anything about it.

That’s where Horny Reply Watchgoose comes in.

Loosely inspired by the Racism WatchDog account, the premise of Horny Reply Watchgoose is simple. When someone replies to an innocent or innocuous tweet with shameless thirst, they get a honk. Or in other words, “We trained a goose to honk at horny mfs,” as the account’s bio states. Likewise, Horny Reply Watchgoose will retweet other Twitter vigilantes who honk out horndogs.

The account surfaced in June, and it has already amassed over 12,000 followers, thanks to hilariously savage call-outs like the following.

It seems fitting that a goose would call out horny degenerates, since as we all know geese are some of the most terrifying and imposing creatures of the avian world.

And so far the strategy seems to be working! That is if the amount of since-deleted pervy tweets are any indication.

The Watchgoose’s honks aren’t exclusively directed at replies, and some tweets are more tongue-in-cheek than others.

Although the account partially relies on being tagged in horny replies for material, they make it clear in no uncertain terms in the account’s pinned tweet that if someone is actively trying to get a honk, they’re not gonna get a honk. (Also, Horny Reply Watchgoose does what it wants!)

The account is the brainchild of 19-year-old Californian Veronica J., who goes by @VR0NLINE on Twitter. She initially came up with the idea as a joke, but once she tweeted the idea to her followers, it quickly became apparent that she was onto something.

Veronica told the Daily Dot that the idea came fairly organically because as a young woman on Twitter, she tends to get “a lot of horny weirdos” in her mentions. “I’ve been on Twitter since I was a 17-year-old girl and I’ve seen a lot of horny and a lot of weirdos,” she explained, which is equal parts depressing and expected.

“My main goal with the account when I started it was to try and show people what kind of stuff I was dealing with every day in my interactions on Twitter,” she continued. “Like I’ve had friends (straight guys mostly) who’ve told me that they had no idea how bad it was and how horny and weird people get until I started sharing my [replies] in like group DMs and stuff.”

As for why it’s a goose (and she makes sure to specify that the goose is, in fact, a girl), Veronica says that she and her friends brainstormed a few ideas before arriving on that particular animal. She didn’t want it to be a dog because she thought it would be too derivative from the Racism WatchDog, and even considered making it a penguin, but didn’t think the noise a penguin made was “ubiquitous enough to be really iconic.”

But once someone threw out the idea of a goose, based on another friend’s viral tweet, it stuck.

“If I want the goose to do one thing it’s to make men realize that tweeting at an absolute stranger to tell them how they’re sexually attracted to them is kind of weird,” she concluded.

Well, she sure has got her work cut out for her. There are a lot of horny perverts on Twitter, but Veronica is honking them out one at a time. It’s a valuable public service she’s providing, honestly, and the internet is a better place for it.

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*First Published: Aug 15, 2018, 8:00 am