Sep 6, 2011

Starfucker

A friend of mine follows a handful of sports celebrities on Twitter, and spends a lot of time actively trying to interact with them.

I laugh and call him a starfucker.

But I also follow a handful of celebs.  Felicia Day and Pauley Perrette, mostly because I have innocent crushes on them. Albert Brooks because he is one of the goddamn funniest people ever to walk the planet. Rainn Wilson and Megan Amram, because they have famously funny Twitter feeds. Same with Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur (Ken Tremendous).  Simon Helberg and his wife Jocelyn Towne, because they hooked me up big-time last Christmas. And then there is Violet Blue, a sex-columnist whom I consider to be a celebrity*.

The rest of the "celebrities" I follow, however, are sports journalists and/or players.

Most of the time, I barely bother with either replying to a celebrity's tweet or try to contact them.  Most of them have so many followers that I can't even believe they do anything with Twitter other than posting what they want to post. 140 characters at a time.  But sometimes I do it out of habit.  Like commenting on a blog.

The other day, I replied to Joe Posnanski (my favorite writer...sports or otherwise) about a trivia question I thought he might have had wrong.  Turns out he just neglected to be as specific as he thought he was being, and he sent out some clarifying tweets. Mentioning me as being the one who first brought it up.

I'm starting to figure out this whole Twitter thing. Not bad. And call me a starfucker, but it's nice when someone you hold in high regard acknowledges that you exist.  Both sad and wonderful at the same time.

Who is your favorite celebrity to follow on Twitter, and why?  Anybody really cool ever interact with you?  Give it up, peeps.


*Kudos to Avitable, by the way.  He showed up on Violet Blue's Twitter feed AND on her blog the other day with his OK Cupid issues.  Any press is...well, you know the drill.

13 comments:

hello haha narf said...

i follow pauley, i think because you told me i would like her. she is awesome. you were right.

while i do follow a few other folks, by far the one who makes me smile every day is my (self united) boyfriend, dwayne johnson. love that the rock posts photos almost daily. #swoon

B.E. Earl said...

Becky - G and I were just talking about Dwayne Johnson last night. Talented, that dude is.

Seals said...

Yeah, I had a similar thing with one of the guys who covers the Cardinals. I asked a rather pointed question about their coverage of the Colby Rasmus fiasco days (maybe even hours) before the trade went down.

I respect this guy (Derrick Goold) as much as anyone. He does a great job covering the kind of stuff stat-heads and prospect geeks want to know without leaving the masses blind.

Of course, since I don't know the guy personally -- and the subject-matter was pretty heated here in St. Louis -- he kind of snapped at me. Not bad, mind you, but I could tell he was a little tired of defending himself and his colleagues.

Seals said...

BTW, I'm not a starfucker either. A couple of my friends are tight with Brad Pitt and Charles Barkley but that's about it.

As much as my wife and I love those two guys, I'd never think of asking for contact. Especially my wife with Brad. :)

Always Home and Uncool said...

Next the Stones will right a song about you ...

I've had Rosanne Cash, Al Roker and Mike Doughty reply to Tweets o' mine. Only one was vaguely threatening.

B.E. Earl said...

Seals - tight with Brad Pitt, eh? Nah...that wouldn't interest me. Now, Angelina Jolie...

Kevin - Al Roker threatened to eat you? Fuck...

Dave2 said...

When Saltalamacchia stopped tweeting, there seems to be little point to it. We might as well all close up our accounts and go home.

sybil law said...

NO SALTY?!!
I really don't give a fuck about any stars and their tweets, though I follow a few. Of course my favorite is the Foo Fighters, but it's not me trying to like, talk to them damn near ever. They get plenty of stupid interaction with fans as it is.

B.E. Earl said...

Dave2 - I only use Twitter to follow you anyway. SUPERSTAR!

Sybil - Not the kind of interaction you would really like though, eh?

Slyde said...

why dont you start following John Byrne so you can start your bitter fued up again?

i finally joined twitter last week. i have no fucking clue what to do with it.

B.E. Earl said...

Slyde - you place it firmly up your ass, that's what you do with it. Give it a go...

Slyde said...

yeah but you say that about EVERYTHING!!!!

B.E. Earl said...

Slyde - One of these times I'll be right. In the meantime, FUN!