Happy Birthday, Twitter. The micro-blogging that gave the world trending topics and the Fail Whale turns five years old today. While the site might not be old enough for first grade in human years, in Internet years, it might as well have Willard Scott wishing it a happy 100th birthday. Twitter has played a role in political uprisings against tyrannical governments, increased the speed at which information travels and given millions of people a direct line into the lives of their favorite artists and celebrities. But that's not always a good thing...
With mainstream media covering celebrity tweets like it's real news, whether it's a tragic 'unfollow' signifying the break up of a couple, burgeoning social media beefs or latent racism, it's pretty amazing how far someone can stick their foot in their mouth in only 140 characters.
While the window into the lives of our favorite celebrities is now open wide enough that we can all crawl in and hang out, the greatest moments are those most unguarded instances when stars take to broadband after a few drinks.
In honor of Twitter's fifth birthday, here are a few of the finest "not-so-great moments" in drunk tweets.
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Luke Bryan turns restaurant critic
Yee oh country world. Join in arms to maintain the integrity of dining. Would red lobster t
Treat us this way. Hell no.
The chart-topping, Grammy nominated country star who's also appearing on NBC's The Voice has a bit of a reputation for inebriated tweeting. While he's blasted out some real humdingers to his followers, including an instance where he claimed to putting batteries in his cat, there is no moment more perfect than picturing the strong jawed Oklahoman three sheets to the wind, wandering into a Taco Bell, and shouting "Hey!!! You need that burrito stuffed?!!" That's America.
It's the perfect thing to yell while drunk - simultaneously sexually suggestive and yet arguably innocent - demonstrating complete disregard both for the person whose burrito your courting and the unfortunate soul whose job it is to deal with drunk assholes late at night for minimum wage in some backwash where there are only fast food restaurants left serving food after 8 p.m. It is the pinnacle of being drunk and successful in America...but perfection could be an illusion. Like Gaga, Shelton displays all the telltale signs of a fake drunk tweeter - proper punctuation (including quotation marks), excellent spelling and consistent capitalization. Say it ain't so, Blake.
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