A long, long time ago, before the internet, social networks, and the 24/7 news cycle, celebrities had to make fools of themselves the old-fashioned way. They’d book themselves on a talk show or make an appearance on a telethon, and just wait for their big moment. Then, when the cameras and microphones were on them, waiting for a pearl of wisdom, they’d unload a soundbite like “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” (Thank you Kanye West for that little nugget)
Today, things are much different. Since the creation of Twitter a few years back; actors, musicians, and athletes alike now have a direct forum of communication with the general public. No filters or agents to run it by first; no these celebs finally have the freedom they’ve always wanted to make complete asses out of themselves. This brings me to Rashard Mendenhall. If you’re not familiar with the name, he’s a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers and, thanks to the death of Osama bin Laden, now public enemy number one.
Yesterday, this twit tweeted some rather insensitive remarks about the news of bin Laden’s death. He started with “What kind of person celebrates death?” Ok, I get it. Some people are taking that stance and I can respect that. But then, as if being led by the sacred sword of stupidity, he continued with “It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side…” And if that wasn’t enough, he ended his little rant with “We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”
Well done Rashard. You have officially made a fool of yourself, your team, your family, and all the poor bastards out there named Rashard. While I don’t like giving morons like him any more press than necessary, his ridiculous tweets gave me an interesting idea. What if other famous people from the past had been privy to our forms of social media? What if they had been able to tweet their feelings and opinions about a subject that bothered them? Here are few historical tweets I think may have ruffled a few feathers in their day:
@BuzzAldrin: Don’t get why Neil is getting so much hype. It wasn’t real anyway, just filmed it on the lot down the street. #Hoax
@ThePrezClinton: I repeat, I did not have sexual relations with that woman. Sex that bad can’t possibly be called “relations”. #Cigar
@MilliVanilli: We’re grateful to have won this Grammy. It’s nice to finally get the respect we deserve. No one knows how hard it is to lip-sync.
@JohnWilkesBooth: So sad to hear the about Prez Lincoln. Hope they catch shooter. BTW, I left a small pistol at Ford Theater tonight, anyone see it, please return
@BarryBonds: Lots of people’s heads grow to be the size of watermelons late in life. It’s natural. Doesn’t mean I’m juicing. #LOL #PED
@DanQuayle: Goin to a skool today to talk to hour yuth about the importence of gettin an edumacation. Wish me luk!
@TowerOfPisaArchitect: Hit the vino a little heavy last night, hope no one notices the tower is a crooked. I’ll just say it I meant to do it that way. #excuses
@Mrs.OLearysCow: Can’t believe everybody’s blaming me for the fire. I bet it was the old lady herself. She’s always stumblin in smelling like booze. Clumsy broad.
@Eve: If Adam wouldve gone to the store like I told him, I wouldnt have been so hungry for that apple. Just saying. #alwaysthemansfault
Have any other historical tweets you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments section below. And thanks again Rashard, for allowing Charlie Sheen a brief respite from his tweeting to come up with some new stuff. Come on Charlie, time to step it up a notch!