Tweets of the Week: Charles Ramsey, Jodi Arias and Chris Christie
For the week ending 10 May, here is the news making waves in America, all in 140 characters or less.
1. I'm against the Cinco de Mayo backlash: Confused cultural appropriations are what make America the greatest country on earth.
Slate writer Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) defends the American interpretation of Cinco de Mayo, which involves a lot of sombreros, tequila and sometimes, stereotypes.
2. Young MC turns 46 today. His best friend Harry's brother Larry has been married for 24 years now.
Author Steve Rushin (@SteveRushin). The rapper is best known for the hit song Bust a Move, which he recorded at age 22.
3. If you read about women locked in a basement for YEARS and your 1st instinct was to make fun of the guy who saved them, you are the worst.
Comedian Dave Horwitz (@Dave_Horowitz) thinks those who mocked Cleveland hero Charles Ramsey missed the point. Ramsey helped Amanda Berry escape from the home where she was held captive for almost 10 years.
4. Whatever your race, creed, color - soon the cicadas will be here, and with them, utter destruction. We must fight together to survive.
Internet humourist @PourMeCoffee urges Americans to come together as the cicadas, which only hatch every 17 years, begin to invade the US north-east.
5. Somewhere in a New York apartment, Anthony Weiner turns off the TV, swivels in his leather chair, and smiles
Slate writer Dave Weigel (@daveweigel). This week, former governor Mark Sanford, who resigned his position due to an extramarital affair, won a special election seat in the House of Representatives. Weiner, who resigned his Congressional seat due to a Twitter sex scandal, also hopes to return to politics.
6. Jennifer Love Hewitt is currently standing in front of a mirror wearing a black blazer and glasses practicing her "found guilty" face.
Writer Jenny Johnson (@JennyJohnsonHi5) after Jodi Arias was found guilty of murdering her ex-boyfriend. The case involved tawdry phone sex, Mormons gone bad, emotional breakdowns and brutal violence - all the makings of a great feature for cable TV's Lifetime Movie channel, where Love Hewitt frequently stars.
7. I think vampires will love The Great Gatsby because they have time to waste on a 2.5 hour thought experiment.
Author Jon Hodgeman (@hodgeman) seems unimpressed by Baz Luhrmann's take on the classic F Scott Fitzgerald novel. The film opened to better-than-expected Thursday numbers.
8. Gov Christie says fat jokes are "the only still-acceptable form of discrimination in our country." He vetoed marriage equality last year.
A much retweeted message from Florida twitter user "Andrew" (@andrewadastra). Christie, the New Jersey governor and a possible presidential contender in 2016, revealed he had lost 40lb (18kg) since undergoing a gastric-band procedure.
9. Summary: IRS sorry about abusing government power. Now register your guns you paranoid freaks.
National Review Online contributor Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz). This week the Internal Revenue Service apologised to tea party and other conservative groups for targeting them for investigation.
10. There is a point when all but the most liberal reporters say, "OK. Now they're just messing with us."
Political consultant Rick Wilson (@theRickWilson) after the White House tried to explain away a "deep background" meeting with select reporters on Benghazi, following the revelation that CIA talking points had been changed.
Some tweets have been edited for clarity and style.