Think Before You Tweet

As I browsed my Twitter feed last night, I noticed that #CancelColbert was trending. Now, I don’t routinely watch the show (or really watch it ever…) but I was surprised to see that such a popular show was receiving so much hate on social media. So, I investigated.

Turns out, the show’s Twitter account tweeted a racially insensitive joke that coincided with a portion of the show in which Stephen Colbert used Asian stereotypes to taunt Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. The tweet, which has since been deleted, received a great deal of backlash across the Internet (and rightfully so).

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Source: http://mashable.com/2014/03/28/cancel-colbert-stephen-colbert/

The joke was completely insensitive, and in my opinion, deserving of the criticism it received. I mean, have social media reps not learned from previous Twitter flubs like that of Justine Sacco?! This is how people lose their jobs.

The show later tweeted an “explanation” for the tweet (using the word explanation very loosely) saying that Stephen Colbert does not run the show’s Twitter account.

Source: http://mashable.com/2014/03/28/cancel-colbert-stephen-colbert/
Source: http://mashable.com/2014/03/28/cancel-colbert-stephen-colbert/

So, is this the show’s way of apologizing? Not sure, but I am not convinced.

Stephen Colbert himself chimed in saying that he agrees that the tweet was offensive and that he, too, is angered. But, wasn’t it him who made the joke on the show? Just sayin’.

Source: http://mashable.com/2014/03/28/cancel-colbert-stephen-colbert/
Source: http://mashable.com/2014/03/28/cancel-colbert-stephen-colbert/

Now, I don’t know if this warrants a cancellation of the show, but it is a reminder to THINK before you tweet. Like we’ve all been told a million and one times, the Internet is forever. Also, the Internet is not very forgiving. Make one mistake, and you could be cut off.

So, take some time before you compose a tweet to remind yourself that anyone can access those 140-characters and put you in the center of a Twitter storm.

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A Political Affair…with Netflix

Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but there is no end in sight for my love affair with House of Cards.

If you don’t know what I’m referring to here, I am somewhat concerned, as you are missing out on what I will boldly call one of the greatest television shows of all time. There, I said it.

House of Cards is a Netflix Original Series, meaning that all episodes are released on the streaming service (at once) and you only hold the keys to this series if you are a Netflix subscriber.  

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House of Cards is a present-day political drama set in Washington, D.C. that tells the story of South Carolina Congressman and House Majority Whip Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey). The show revolves around Underwood’s scheming and conniving plans to seek revenge on those in Congress after he was passed up for the Secretary of State nomination. There is so much more to the storyline than that, but I don’t want to reveal too much, as I assume that after you read this you will start watching the show.

House of Cards received nine Primetime Emmy Nominations last year, as well as four Golden Globe nominations. The show earned the first major acting award for an online-only web television series when Robin Wright (Claire Underwood) won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. 

If the awards don’t speak highly enough of the show, let me, a politically un-savvy gal, do the talking. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know much about politics (I know, I know, I’m terrible), but this show has made me want to learn – seriously! The show, although not based in fact, has inspired me to become more politically aware, and I think that says a lot. So, take that people who say TV makes you dumb!

Season 2 of the show went live on Valentine’s Day and I’ve never felt more loved, by someone I’ve never met no less. Thank you, Netflix.