Wow, talk about inadvertently stumbling into a verbal minefield!
I was covering the “overnight shift” on Twitter (had fallen asleep on the couch for several hours, woke up and could not go back to sleep and then got on Twitter to pass some time) and was having a back and forth with several peeps when a friend of mine posted that he had read actor Russell Crowe supported Mitt Romney. Here’s how it started:
My friend AE had found the link via Wiki (it wasn’t Wiki he went by, but the sourcing Wiki provides in the reference notes). There was a link there with photos of celebs and blurbs underneath the pictures about who they had (allegedly) thrown their support behind this election. The one of Crowe stated he was supporting Romney.
And yes, I know Crowe is not American and couldn’t vote in the election, but it’s always interesting to discuss celebrity endorsements of GOP politicos because it’s such a rarity – thanks to liberal Hollywood’s blatant intolerance for fellow actors and actresses who have differing views than the majority. In reality, most of us don’t care who Hollywood leftists support unless they turn into jerks about it.
Which Russell Crowe did.
AE and I were going back and forth praising Crowe for the balls it took entertainers to come out in support of a Republican. As it turns out, we were incorrect – Crowe does not support Romney, he supports Obama. But instead of politely correcting us on it he … blocked us, and other conservatives whose only crime was to discuss who we and they thought Crowe had lent his support to. Blocked. Because he found it “insulting” to be thought of as endorsing Romney. Don’t believe me? See for yourself:
The only “agenda” was to remark how cool it was that the Gladiator actor had (supposedly but in reality not) shed the shackles of Hollywood liberalism in bucking the system. In the end, what happened was that we learned how thin-skinned this so-called “tough guy” actor is when it comes to politics. Of course, he has the right to block who he wants to. I block people, too. But not for mere political disagreement.
And that’s the real issue here. Not one person blocked by him cares that he or she was blocked – it’s the “why” that’s so interesting. Is political disagreement that offensive to him? If so, perhaps he should move to a place where it’s not allowed.
Wanna see something even funnier than him blocking people for mistakenly believing he endorsed Romney? This tweet, in which he directly contradicted himself:
Translation: I don’t endorse politicians but I just endorsed Obama … because he is “the light.”
Hilarity, of course, ensued, and my Twitter page is filled with retweets I did of people challenging him on his assertions about Obama. His argument was pretty well blown out of the water but I doubt he noticed because he was so busy intolerantly hitting the block button.
It’s sad, really. Twitter can be a useful platform for people to share information and to hash out differences – as I and others would have gladly done with Crowe last night. But his intolerance for dissent prevents that, proving that he has a lot more in common with the President he just gushingly endorsed than he lets on.
Oh well. As others remarked, at least he didn’t throw a phone at us.
Update – 12:21 PM: Twitchy.com thoroughly documents Crowe’s hissy fit, and responses from fans, here.