I’ve been out and about and scouring the Tweetdeck for the best tweets this week; and with the Olympics, it hasn’t been hard.
1. Most of the controversy has been centered around the athletes but one British MP, Aiden Burley commented on the ceremony using the tweets:
“Thank God the athletes have arrived! Now we can move on from leftie multicultural crap. Bring back red arrows (sic), Shakespeare and the Stones!”
“The most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen – more than Beijing, the capital of a communist state! Welfare tribute next?”
His account was reset following the storm of backlash and messages sent on twitter, but pictures of his earlier tweets were still being passed around.
2. Tom Daley the British diver has been in the twitter news after a follower left this on his page:
“You let your dad down i hope you know that.”
Tom has never been shy about his grief for his father who passed away recently of brain cancer. A member of the public complained to the police and a 17-year-old has been arrested by the police for malicious communications in Weymouth.
3.NBC has also caused a bit of a firestorm on twitter with their recent suspension of a british journalists’ account for violating twitters’ privacy policies because they posted the email address of an NBC exec. The journalist, Guy Adams, was disgusted at NBC’s coverage of the Olympics and among the messages he posted were:
“The man responsible for NBC pretending the Olympics haven’t started yet is Gary Zenkel. Tell him what u think!,” and added Zenkel’s email address in the message.
This suspension has sparked a huge censorship debate in the international media.
4. Voula Papachristou, a Greek triple jumper, also fell foul of twitter this week with a racist joke she posted resting in her banning from the Olympic games. She mocked the African migrants with the comment:
‘With so many Africans in Greece, at least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!’
She was subsequently dropped from the Olympic team and apologised on twitter.
5. And last but not least, one of the most entertaining twitterers to follow during the olympics has been Elizabeth Windsor @Queen_UK. She has come out with such gems as:
“One is Pharaoh of Egypt, officially speaking, but one doesn’t get over there much these days” during the opening ceremony.
She also reacted to her TV appearance with pleas of ”Give one some sodding warning when the camera is coming, for Christ’s sake”
and more recently, “Gold in the rowing. Your Queen loves you TeamGB.
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