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Celebs Taking Twitter Feuds To The Next Level: Kevin Smith Vs. Southwest Airlines, Sarah Silverman Vs. AOL Co-Founder Steve Case


The Twitter age is upon us and, last month alone, the site racked up over 75 million unique visitors. These days, tweets have become headline news and celebrities have started using the site to communicate with the media; instead of the old fashioned way, via a press release or a Barbara Walters special. In August, Paula Adbul even announced her decision to leave American Idol via a 140 character message. National media outlets have also been quick to pick up on Twitter feuds, which is why Southwest Airlines employees that made the decision to eject plus size filmmaker Kevin Smith from a flight from Oakland to Burbank on Saturday for being too big to fit into his seat, probably should have been able to foresee the Tweet-storm that was unleashed.

Smith has cultivated an online fanbase since Clerks jump started his career in 1994, when he launched Viewaskew.com, and it’s naturally carried over to other social networking sites that have sprouted up since. After the incident occurred, Smith immediately began blogging, posting videos and tweeting. One post reads:

But, by their own guidelines, I was not, in fact, 2 Fat 2 Fly: the arm rests went down & I could buckle my seat belt w/o an extender. So…? Hey @SouthwestAir: you bring that same row of seats to the DailyShow, and I’ll sit in ’em for all to see on TV.

Southwest responded with tweets that sounded like an annoying customer service agent:

Again, I’m very sorry for the experience you had tonight. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do.

Smith may be unhappy about the incident, but the timing couldn’t be better since his latest movie, Cop Out, starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan is getting a wide release next week. Thanks to being yanked from the flight, he’s generated more publicity than he has with any of the movies he’s done in the last few years. Judging from the disappointing box office gross of Jersey Girl and Zack and Miri Make a Porno, he could have use all the attention he can get.

I don’t think you can say the same for Sarah Silverman. After she performed at the Technology Education and Design conference, AOL co-found Steve Case panned her performance via Twitter, writing:

I know I shouldn’t say this about one of my own speakers, but I thought Sarah Silverman was god-awful…

She responded writing:

Kudos to @TEDChris for making TED an unsafe haven for all! You’re a barnacle of mediocrity on Bill Gates’ asshole.

It all proves the old saying if you can’t say something nice, Tweet it in 140 characters or less.

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