Twitter was made for fighting. Whether your name is Rosanna Davidson or Richard Dawkins, if you have an account on a completely public social media platform you will, sooner rather than later, find yourself in somebody’s cross-hairs. Westlife’s Nicky Byrne is the latest celebrity to find himself in the Twitter firing line as Irish comedian (and creator of ‘The Hurler‘) Tony Kelly decided to let rip into him.
The comedian was feeling somewhat irate after watching Byrne on RTE’s show ‘The Hit’ and tweeted about his disappointment in relation to the show not featuring “Nicky Byrne being bludgeoned in any way”. Byne’s response was curt, to say the least. This was followed by Kelly making a somewhat risque (some might say ‘in poor taste’) remark about Byrne’s choice of preschool. The tit for that went on and, eventually, someone was told, “I hope you shit a hedgehog” (the internet is great like that). You’d think after such a knock out blow, that would have been the end of that.
For you see, Mr. Byrne (or, perhaps, his fan base) was not content with the thought of Mr. Kelly defecating a spiky round mammal from his anus. It would appear that a friend of his must have been writing for The Mirror. The red top newspaper reported that Kelly had been so resoundingly schooled by the Westlife singer that he packed up his Twitter account and ran away with his hurley stick between his legs (description used for dramatic effect – not to be taken literally). In actual fact, Kelly did not delete his account at all.
Tony Kelly remarked on Facebook (he loves the internet) that The Mirror’s story was a “complete fabrication” and wrote them to complain. Sure enough, his complaints were deemed valid. The Mirror issued Kelly with a full apology and are giving him an interview in their Sunday edition where he will promote his comedy shows and web series.
So, what’s the moral of this story? Harassing famous people on the internet is a good way to boost one’s career – so long as it’s funny and no animals are subjected to considerable rectal distress in the process.
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