Twitter down: Users unable to tweet as service experiences outage

Twitter is down for many users across the world, with the service experiencing a number of issues.

Tweetdeck is also down as a result of the outage.

Twitter has confirmed some users may be experiencing an outage on its platform.

An error message on Twitter said: “Something went wrong. Try again.” In the Twitter app, an error message said: “Tweets aren’t loading right now.”

Twitter’s support team said in a message: “Tweets may not be loading for some of you. We’re working on fixing a problem and you’ll be back on the timeline soon.”

Downdetector reported a number of issues with the platform. 

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The Milk Tea Alliance now has an emoji on Twitter. Here’s how the solidarity movement took off

The drink’s pan-Asian appeal has seen it transform into an online expression of solidarity against authoritarian regimes, under the hashtag #MilkTeaAlliance.

The hashtag has been used 11 million times in the past year, and on the first anniversary of its Twitter debut, the social media platform has given it an emoji.

The emoji is a white cup and straw on a tri-colour background, reflecting the regional shades of tea.

Initially, the alliance was between Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand, but after a military coup in February, Myanmar became the latest recruit.

Some Twitter users also include India and Malaysia in the alliance.

It’s the latest protest movement to get a Twitter emoji — the social media platform has also deployed emojis for social movements including #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter.

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DMX not dead, still on life support despite Twitter death rumours

Social media posts paying tribute to rapper DMX began to swirl today amid confusion over whether the 50-year-old had died after suffering a heart attack and reported drug overdose last week.

But the source of the confusion was an Instagram post from a friend of the rapper, comedian Luenell, who had posted to her stories that her friend was “gone” as he remains in a critical condition in a New York hospital.

Clarifying her post, Luenell wrote, “When your spirit leaves and your organs fail you. The body becomes just a shell. One becomes wrapped in the lords arms. That’s what ‘I’ call gone. I’m sorry to all.”

His manager has confirmed he is still on life support.

A number of stars paid tribute to the rapper believing he had passed away, including hip hop artists Amine and Lil Nas X, as well as wrestler Thea Trinidad. They have since deleted their Tweets.

After the Twitter confusion, manager Steve Rifkind took to Instagram with a video message to clarify that DMX is still alive, urging fans to stop posting “RIP” messages for the sake of his family.

The hip hop star, whose real name is Earl Simmons, is in White Plains Hospital in a critical condition with “some brain activity” after being rushed to hospital late last Friday night.

He suffered a heart attack reportedly triggered by a drug overdose at around 11pm last Friday and needed to be revived “several times” by paramedics.

According to website TMZ, his family are facing the difficult decision whether to turn off his life support after tests showed no improvement in brain activity.

The publication reported he was in a coma, with the family having asked his long-time friend Mr Rifkind to fly to New York on Friday to be by his side. It comes after hundreds of fans, friends and extended family crowded outside the hospital Monday night to pray for the music icon.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, his family members have not all been allowed to enter the ICU, the NY Post reported on Monday.

TMZ first reported sources close to the rapper who claimed a drug overdose triggered the heart attack. DMX’s lawyer Murray Richman confirmed the heart attack to Pix11, but did not confirm an overdose.

“He has been taken off the life support system and is breathing on his own. But we are concerned,” Mr Richman said earlier this week. “It would be disingenuous of me to suggest I’m not a worried man at this particular point.”

Angelo Ellerbee, a rep for the star, told ET,“He is in a medical state from which I don’t think he will recover.”

Another source told TMZ that the artist is in a “vegetative state” and doctors had cautioned that he may not make it.

One more revealed he had recently battled coronavirus, and was struggling with a drug addiction relapse.

“This is a very difficult time for the family. They are standing by his bedside, holding his hand and praying. They are really in prayer mode,” the source explained.

DMX burst onto the rap scene in the ‘90s and has released a total of seven studio albums. He has three Grammy nominations to his name, two for Rap Solo Performance and one for Rap Album. His best-selling album … And Then There Was X, released in 1999, was certified five-time multi-platinum.

Not only is he prolific in the hip hop world – the 50-year-old has a whopping 15 children.

In 2019, he told GQ he even has a Bible verse about being a procreator tattooed on his neck. “Exodus 1:7. It says, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and your children will inherit the world.’”

That verse inspired the name for his youngest child with fiance Desiree Lindstrom. Their son Exodus was born in 2016, but details about his other kids are somewhat scant, with the rapper having once told podcast The Breakfast Club that he has 15 children with nine different women.

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AFL round 3: Essendon Bombers vs St Kilda live score, result Shane Warne Twitter, Jake Stringer

One of St Kilda’s biggest fans has given a scathing assessment of their recent performance, calling the side “horrendous” and “lazy”.

An injury-riddled St Kilda outfit has been utterly outclassed by the Essendon Bombers on Saturday afternoon — even their most famous supporter has turned against them.

Essendon had lost 11 of their previous 12 games leading into the round three clash at Marvel Stadium, not recording an AFL win since round 14 last season.

But the Bombers — who also boast a heavy casualty ward — were at their destructive best on Saturday, kicking 12 goals in the first half and racing towards a comfortable 22.11 (143) to 9.14 (68) victory.

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With Rowan Marshall and Paddy Ryder unavailable for the match, St Kilda coach Brett Ratten was forced to deploy Shaun McKernan and Jake Carlisle in the ruck, the inexperienced pair conceding the first five centre clearances.

The Saints midfielders were also worryingly ineffective in the first half, registering just 13 tackles from 222 Essendon’s disposals.

Former Bombers captain Brendon Goddard told ABC Grandstand: “Saints have been really poor defensively … we’re seeing too many Saints midfielders standing still and ball watching.

“If I was a senior member of the Saints backline … I’d be coming in at half time and saying to the midfield … your ability to slow the ball is absolutely horrendous.”

Even outspoken St Kilda superfan Shane Warne was unimpressed with their performance, blasting his beloved club in a series of scathing tweets.

“Tackles way down, horrible out the middle, looked slow and nowhere near ferocious enough at the ball. Essendon look hungrier right now than us. Lift Saints — let’s play aggressive, fast and please can we use the ball properly,” Warne posted on Saturday.

“Saints look lazy and not interested — how can that be! Effort is free and it has to be said — there is zero effort from the Saints besides our skipper! Work rate is non-existent two weeks in a row. Wow, feel like turning the TV off, as this is embarrassing!

“Where’s the effort? Two weeks in a row! Horrific and hope the coach gives them the hair dryer treatment.”

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To rub salt into the wounds, St Kilda midfielder Jade Gresham suffered a suspected Achilles injury in the second quarter, and at halftime was spotted on crutches in a moon boot.

Hawthorn legend Jason Dunstall told Fox Footy: “Gee that’s innocuous.

“I hope that’s not an Achilles because he just grabbed at it … That’s one of the worst injuries you can have.”

Although St Kilda’s intensity lifted considerbly in the second half, it wasn’t enough to prevent a mammoth 75-point defeat.

Essendon forwards Jake Stringer and Cale Hooker were standout performers on Saturday, booting four majors each.

St Kilda will next face the West Coast Eagles at Marvel Stadium, while Essendon will take on the red-hot Sydney Swans at the SCG.

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Biden Nominees Fall Prey to the Terrible Temptation of Twitter

Twitter and the Tanden Line of Incivility 

A Biden nominee is in trouble over Twitter. No, we’re not talking about Neera Tanden, who once hoped to head up the Office of Management and Budget; she withdrew her name from consideration on March 2, after her past tweets made her toxic.  

This time it’s Colin Kahl, Biden’s pick to be undersecretary of defense for policy, the number-three job at the Pentagon. A March 10 headline in Politico told the tale: “Pentagon chief to urge Manchin to support nominee amid Twitter troubles.”

If we unpack that a little bit, the “Pentagon chief” is Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, urging Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) to vote to confirm Kahl to the high post, Kahl’s noxious tweets notwithstanding.  Since the Senate is divided 50:50, Republicans and Democrats, the Biden administration can’t afford to lose a single Democrat.  

Kahl is a veteran of the Obama administration—where he focused on the controversial Iran nuclear deal—and so he can’t plead naiveté about Twitter, as well as other social media. And yet tweet he did; Kahl once jabbed that Republicans were “the party of ethnic cleansing.”  Nice.  

Not surprisingly, people noticed. Back on March 4, another headline in Politico laid it out:Republicans rip Pentagon policy pick over past tweets, Middle East policies.” As the Wall Street Journal editorialized, “Another Biden nominee with a record of intemperate tweets is at risk of sinking in the Senate, and the press is comparing him to Neera Tanden.”

As Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said on Fox News earlier this month, “I’ve seen some [of Kahl’s] tweets and they are concerning.” And yet, Manchin added, offering a ray of light to Kahl, “His tweeting is nowhere near what Neera Tanden’s was.”

So we can see: Neera Tanden has become a baseline for confirmability; we can dub it the Tanden Line of Incivility (TLI). That is, all ambitious Beltway types must stay above the TLI. And so maybe it’s worth spending a little time plumbing the psyche of Tanden, the first person to plunge below the TLI.  

Tanden’s Trouble

Tanden, a longtime Democratic operative, was nominated by Biden to be director of the Office of Management and Budget on November 30. And yet immediately, that same day, close observers speculated that her nomination might be doomed, because the senators she insulted wouldn’t vote for her.

Despite her difficulties, Tanden is tight with Team Biden, and so they kept pushing her, even as opposition hardened. For instance, when Sen. John N. Kennedy (R-LA) asked Tanden about her mean tweets—she called the mild-mannered Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) “the worst,” labeled the partisan but courtly Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as “Voldemort,” and also dumped on Sen. Bernie Sanders, the socialist from Vermont—Tanden said she was sorry. And yet when Kennedy asked her if she meant them at the time, she wouldn’t answer. We get the picture.  

Thus the New York Times headlined its story on February 25, “Neera Tanden: First Cabinet-Level Casualty of the Twitter Age?” As the article explained, Tanden “has a years-long trail of problematic tweets, many aimed at certain key senators who control the increasingly precarious fate of her nomination.”  (We might surmise that Tanden’s angry tweets bespeak an overall angry personality; the New York Times reported in 2019 that she once punched Sanders’ future campaign manager—although Tanden says it was just a shove.)

We might step back and observe that this is the same Senate that has confirmed many other Biden nominees, some by margins as wide as 93:2. 

Late in the process, the Bidenites tried to “work the refs”—that is, to persuade the media that Tanden is the victim of sexism, or racism—and yet that tactic, too, fell flat, blasted by the left, as well as by the right. 

So now Tanden has been humiliated in that most merciless of public arenas, Washington, D.C.  After years of happy rage-tweeting, she said she was sorry, albeit in an unpersuasive manner; and yet she still didn’t get the top government position she craved.  So she deleted, even canceled, herself—all for naught.

Twitter Fever 

For years, Tanden was happy with leaving all those nasty tweets on the record; she was obviously proud of her zinger-work, which had gained her 381,000 followers.  

Interesting, Tanden’s tweet-storms have been a juicy D.C. story for years; back during the 2016 presidential campaign, an interviewer took note of her hyperactive digital support for Hillary Clinton, often venturing into personal insults aimed at opponents: “You’ve been an unusually combative presence on Twitter for the Hillary side.”  To which Tanden answered. “I probably tweet too much. . . . I will plead guilty to wanting to defend her and defend her strenuously on Twitter. But I’m willing to concede I should tweet less.”

Yet even so, she did not tweet less. She kept it up, such that in 2019, at the end of a long tweet-bout, the other individual, obviously exasperated and bemused at the same time, tweeted, “neera, you’re responding to a graduate student on twitter at 1:40 am. spare me the bullshit. you are affected.”

Yes, Tanden is affected, that’s putting it softly. As a close ally of Tanden, John Podesta, conceded to the Washington Post, “I kind of think there were moments where she would have been better off asleep, rather than getting up in the middle of the night, responding to people attacking her.”  

Someone who loses sleep to tweet might make for an interesting case study, focusing on perhaps the interplay of one’s mental state and digital technology: Are the two factors reinforcing each other, causing a vicious cycle and thereby pushing some people into a psychological-digital maelstrom?  

In fact, author Joanna Weiss has already produced a non-clinical, long-distance analysis of Tanden’s case.  Weiss explains that Twitter has its own way of tempting you into provocative tweets—and then turning on you.  Indeed, scientists know that a tweet induces the brain to secrete a tiny bit dopamine, a pleasurable neurochemical. And since it’s so easy to tweet, it’s well, easy to become obsessed with, or even addicted to, this kind of pleasure.  

And anger helps, too. As one researcher puts it, if grievance is a form of addiction, then one’s brain on grievance looks a lot like one’s brain on drugs. So it’s a loop: the angrier you get, the more chemically altered your brain gets, and that, in turn, gives you more anger–which can be a perversely good feeling.  

In fact, the realization that there’s a chemical basis for human emotions puts one of Tanden’s notorious tweets—her 2017 jibe that Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AL) was “high on her on supply”—in an ironic perspective. Tanden’s dig about “high” should properly apply to Tanden herself.  

Author Weiss quotes one expert as saying that the internet functions like “the world’s largest slot machine.” Indeed, one is reminded of a 1960 episode of The Twilight Zone, aptly entitled, “The Fever,” in which a once-normal man becomes addicted to a Las Vegas slot machine, which he calls “a monster with a will all its own.”  The monster eventually causes the man’s death. 

So now we can see Twitter as a 21st-century slot machine, and Tanden as an all-too-willing victim of what might be called Twitter Fever.  

Furthermore, one needn’t sympathize with her to see, nonetheless, that there’s a larger phenomenon here; we humans are going to have to think more about how we can safely interact with digital technology, just as we have to think about our interactions with gambling, alcohol, drugs, and other temptations. 

Still, as we ponder the phenomenon of people flaming away on Twitter, we might recall a scene in the 1982 sci-fi movie Blade Runner, in which the doomed Byronic hero, Roy Batty, is told, “The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long. And you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy.” So the moral for our time: Enjoy the dopamine-incandescence of Twitter, and of all social media, if you wish, but know that you’ll burn so hot that you won’t last long. 

Of course, long before Twitter, men and women have sought fame, thirsting for what one historian has called “the frenzy of renown.” So now today, social media is simply the latest tool for gaining that renown. 

With that in mind, we might think of the famous verdict on ambition rendered by the philosopher William James, who, back in 1906, decried the “moral flabbiness born of the exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess Success.”  

The Terrible Temptation

Neera Tanden was a certain kind of success at Twitter. Yet that “success” made her into a politically flabby (this Democrat couldn’t win confirmation in a Democratic-controlled Senate) rumble-addict, ill-suited to public service. Now she won’t be in public service, or at least not in any job that requires the advice and consent of the Senate. Even if she does wind up working in the Biden administration somewhere, she’s a fallen star, a crashed idol.

Tanden was always much more ambitious–even vicious–than judicious.  Yet now, after her quest for a certain kind success, Tanden has had her fateful rendezvous with the bitch-goddess.

Given the bewitching power of Twitter, and of all social media, she will hardly be the last. As we have seen, it’s now Colin Kahl’s turn to confront the bitch-goddess; the headline atop Defense News on March 17 (“Colin Kahl faces long climb to the Pentagon”) wasn’t so encouraging about his prospects.

Then, on March 23, Kahl got another jolt when Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) declared that she would not vote to confirm any more Biden nominees until her demands for more diversity were met–and apparently, Kahl doesn’t qualify as diverse. Duckworth soon backtracked on her threat, and yet Kahl’s nomination was still twisting in the wind, buffeted by new gusts of opposition.

Then, on March 25, Kahl survived a 13:13 vote in the Senate Armed Services Committee; among the “ayes” was Manchin, once thought to be a possible holdout.  Still, normally a tie vote in committee means that a nomination does not go forward, but the majority Democrats, led by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), have the option of applying abnormal means to get him confirmed by the full Senate.  And since it seems that the Dems are fully committed to Kahl, he will most likely squeak through.  Still, Kahl must now be looking back at these tweets as a luxury that he shouldn’t have allowed himself.

And look! Here’s another Biden administration wannabe getting hung up by old tweets!  Vanita Gupta, Biden’s nominee to be associate attorney general; last August, she tweeted of the Republican National Convention, “Don’t know if I can take three more nights of racism, xenophobia, and outrageous lies.”

Does that sound like the right temperament for a top law enforcement job? Yet on March 12, the Washington Post rushed to Gupta’s defense with a piece headlined, “Vanita Gupta’s tweets aren’t even mean.  The GOP is still attacking her for them.” And the headline added, “Republicans are going after Biden’s nominees just for telling the truth.” Got that? Telling the truth! 

And here’s Kristen Clarke, Biden’s pick to be assistant attorney general for civil rights; she tweeted that Sen. Manchin was “hollow” and that Sen. Murkowski was “shameful.” Both tweets have since been deleted.

It’s hard to say that Kahl, or Gupta, or Clarke have crossed the dreaded Tanden Line of Incivility–and yet even if they are all three confirmed, it’s obvious that their tweets will put them in a hole from which they will have to dig their way out.

Obviously, it’s just too easy, and too tempting, to tweet–indeed, it’s too easy to see tweeting as succeeding. And so more confrontations with the bitch-goddess will come.  Oh, and by the way: We should mention that the Biden administration has so far submitted 68 names to the Senate for confirmation, and of these, just 29 had been confirmed as of March 26.

So now the Biden administration must fill some 1,2000 more posts that are subject to Senate confirmation.  So who else among the future batches of hopefuls has had a bout of Twitter Fever?  Should be interesting to find out.

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‘Spring Edition’: Bernie Sanders Meme Sequel Hypes Twitter Up


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During the 20 January inauguration of Joe Biden, it was not the newly-sworn president or the performances by world-famous artists that stole the show on social media – it was instead one picture of Senator Bernie Sanders wearing mittens, looking ruffled, wintry and radiating “this could’ve been an e-mail” energy, sitting outside in a chair.

A new version of the Bernie Sanders meme, dubbed online as “spring edition”, emerged in Twitter, with netizens enjoying a new wave of jokes about the Senator’s new signature photo.

Stemming from the January picture that immediately went viral and even made it into merch shops, the new photo shows Sanders similarly sitting in a chair, arms folded, face mask on – but one detail seems to be missing as he no longer wears the mittens that particularly stole netizens’ hearts back in the winter.

“That means an early spring!”, one user explained.

​Others seemed to have their dedication secured for the initial meme version, where Sanders was seen curled up in a chair wearing the now famous mittens and looking like the inauguration of Joe Biden was definitely not the last – and certainly not the most exciting – thing he had to do that day.

​Some said they were eager for the summertime version of the meme.

​After his January mittens photo went viral and gained fame worldwide, Sanders used the increase in popularity to raise money for charity, selling T-shirts with the picture and noting that the income would go to “programs like Meals on Wheels that feed low-income senior citizens.”

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Russia to slow Twitter access after dispute over protests

Russia’s regulator said other services could also be targeted for throttling if they continue to defy local laws, Interfax reported. Legislators in parliament on Wednesday said Facebook could be restricted next.

“This isn’t an empty threat. Twitter and the other social networks that don’t fulfil the requirements of the law should get ready for serious consequences, including closure,” said Senator Vladimir Dzhabarov, according to RIA Novosti.


On Tuesday, regulators filed court cases against Twitter, Google, Facebook, TikTok and Telegram for allegedly failing to delete posts that urged minors to attend the protests, according to Interfax.

Russia sought to block Telegram several years ago over failure to share encryption information but was unable to make the ban work technically and ultimately backed down. But under a 2019 law, authorities have since upgraded systems they say would allow Russia to completely cut itself off from the internet if needed.

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Russia slows down Twitter data speeds over failure to take down ‘illegal’ posts

Russia has disrupted Twitter’s services because the platform had failed to remove “illegal” content, the government said, the latest of a series of moves to exert control over foreign tech giants.

The Russian government has been clamping down on sites including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in recent months for hosting content supporting jailed opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

Roskomnadzor, Russia’s media watchdog, said the disruption of Twitter was intended to “protect Russian citizens” after the platform failed to comply with thousands of requests to delete content related to child pornography, drug use and calls for minors to commit suicide.

The watchdog did not reference calls to join opposition protests that had angered officials earlier this year.

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Roskomandzor said the disruption would amount to a “slowdown in service speed” for all mobile users and 50 per cent of desktop users, later adding that it would only affect photo and video content.

Officials accused foreign internet companies of interfering in Russia’s domestic affairs in January over their failure to take down calls to participate in rallies in support of Mr Navalny.

President Vladimir Putin then warned against the increasing influence of large tech companies, saying they were “competing” with sovereign states.

The watchdog warned that if Twitter ignored Russian law it could face further restrictions, including a complete ban.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov insisted Russia had “no desire to block anything” and said the measures forcing companies to comply with Russian laws were “quite reasonable”.

According to tech monitoring website Downdetector there was a spike in disruptions reported by Russian Twitter users on Wednesday morning. 

Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Facebook ‘next’

Politicians on Wednesday welcomed the regulator’s decision, warning that other social networks may be next. 

“I am sure Twitter will lose big money,” said Anton Gorelkin, a politician on a parliamentary telecommunications committee.

He told the Interfax news agency that Facebook could be the “next candidate” for restrictions.

Another politician Alexander Bashkin said the decision would be “sobering” for YouTube and other platforms.

Moscow also recently raised concerns about the Chinese video sharing app TikTok that was flooded with calls to demonstrate in support of Mr Navalny in January.

Russia’s government has spent years tightening its control over the internet in the name of fighting extremism, terrorism and protecting children.

Officials have repeatedly fined Google for failing to remove content and last year fined Twitter and Facebook for refusing to store the personal data of Russian citizens on local servers.

A 2019 law proposes a “sovereign internet” aimed at isolating the country online, a move activists fear will tighten government control of cyberspace and stifle free speech.

Moscow has already banned a number of websites that refused to cooperate with authorities, such as video platform Dailymotion and professional networking website LinkedIn.

Politicians also attempted to block the Telegram encrypted messaging service but lifted the ban because it was not being fully enforced.

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Russia targets Twitter speed over ‘banned content’

When big rallies took place across Russia over his detention, the media watchdog warned Twitter, TikTok, Facebook and other sites that fines would be imposed if posts urging young people to protest were not deleted. Earlier this month Russian authorities said they were suing Twitter and four other social media companies for allegedly failing to delete such posts.

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Alec Baldwin Deletes Twitter Over Response to Gillian Anderson Post – E! Online

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Alec Baldwin is done with Twitter after he didn’t appreciate the reaction to his most recent post. 

The actor took to Instagram on Wednesday, March 3 to share a video in which he explained he deleted his Twitter account due to the response to his tweet earlier in the day referring to Gillian Anderson “switching accents.” This follows the scandal surrounding his wife Hilaria Baldwin‘s cultural heritage in light of a Twitter thread that went viral in December. 

“Wanted to post a quick video to say that I deactivated my Twitter account today,” Alec said in the new footage. He did not name Gillian by name but explained about his perceived dig, “I just wrote, ‘Oh, that’s interesting.’ And of course, you can’t do any irony on Twitter—you can’t do any irony in the United States anymore because the United States is such [an] uptight, stressed-out place and such an unpleasant place right now.”

The star pointed out he is a “huge fan” of Gillian’s and hadn’t meant to offend her, but rather was just expressing that if people are influenced by multiple cultures, “that’s your business.”

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