TORONTO, CANADA – With social media these days, you don’t necessarily have to say anything to put your foot in your mouth. Here are two recent examples of how tweets can get you in trouble, all in 140 characters or less.
Those who follow Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Twitter might have thought he was back on the pipe, when the scandal-plagued politician tweeted over the weekend, “Daylight saving time starts this evening, turn your clocks ‘back’ and change batteries in smoke alarms.”
And while changing batteries in smoke alarms is good advice, setting clocks “back” would have made many Canadians two hours late! Seems like Mr. Mayor forgot the old saying, “Spring ‘forward’, Fall back.” His mis-tweet reminds us of another old saying, “Crack is Whack!” Ford’s tweet was just plain wrong, but this next guy’s tweet seems just plain racist!
Many say Minnesota state representative Pat Garofalo was out-of-bounds when he sent this tweet, “Let’s be honest, 70% of the teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in street crime.”
Sounds like he was comparing most NBA players to criminals. His post drew hundreds of negative comments and was re-tweeted more than 1,500 times. Now this politician is back-peddling by saying his tweet merely meant a few in the NBA have an “above the law” attitude and should act more like role models.
Sadly, it’s clear Ford and Garofalo haven’t a clue as to what being a good role model actually means.