I wonder if Adrianne Curry still thinks about me? She crosses my mind on occasion. Ours was a brief encounter; I knew her from the television, and I’m sure she had no clue who I was. Well, unless she makes it a point to know college dropouts working at Pizza Hut.
We need to go back to a simpler time for this story. Back to the summer of that innocent(?) year known as 2009. The wounds were still fresh, so the “Bush did 9/11” jokes were a few years off. The housing crisis was in its infancy. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were waging on. We were half a year into the presidency of some guy named Barack.
Earlier that year, I had discovered a social media tool that I thought was going to change everything — Twitter. Trying to become a journalist at the time, I saw the potential for how this site on the internet could make a difference. My friends were beginning to migrate from MySpace to Facebook, and I was trying to tell them all about another cool spot they needed to be at.
It seems weird to think about it now, but there was a lot of resistance from people around me. I was already seen as “out there” with my crazy idea to incorporate my MySpace and then Blogspot blogs into journalism while in college — now I wanted to text updates from my flip phone in real time! The insanity.
There were a few celebrities who had been early adapters to Twitter. The most notable at the time was Ashton Kutcher — whose handle really confused me at first (I initially read “@aplusk” as “Ap Lusk”). CNN and Larry King were some of the early notables as well. With the sheer number of people on the site now, it’s almost comical to go back to that summer one decade ago and remember that the most intriguing thing at the time was wondering if Kutcher or CNN would get to one million followers first (It was Kutcher).
MC Hammer was an odd early presence. Michael Ian Black had some of the earliest comedy tweets. It was fun watching Kirstie Alley have her adorable old lady moments of amazement at how connected she was with the world. One who attracted my attention, in many ways, was Adrienne Curry. I had never been a Top Model fan, but I learned who she was from VH1’s “The Surreal Life” reality show, and her marriage to the guy from “The Brady Bunch.”
In addition to being a beautiful woman, Curry was also very active in political news and commentary. I consider myself to be a pretty liberal guy, but there are some people who take their views too far, and seemingly say things without any thought process behind them. That described a lot of Curry’s political leanings. I didn’t agree with a lot of her politics, but I still followed her.
I don’t remember what prompted me to respond to her 4th of July tweet back in 2009. Maybe it was just the culmination of a summer’s worth of commentary I disagreed with. Maybe I was having a bad day and took it out on her. Who knows what could have happened.
She tweeted, around 2 p.m. “Happy 4th of July!Now lets celebrate ruining everything our country built by giving people who couldnt afford it loans!!”
And, I don’t know why I felt the need to respond, “Shut the fuck up. You’re so bitter.” But, I did. And, then I went about my day working at Pizza Hut (which was the third or fourth year I watched the fireworks from that building).
I came home that night to quite a shock. Curry had responded, and — perhaps taking a cue from me — in the most juvenile of ways. “you shut the fuck up, you fucking pussy. What man tells a woman that other than one lacking a penis of decent size.”
There was no chance for a retort — I had been blocked. She got the final word. Or, did she? The world has changed a lot in the 10 years since our summertime Twitter exchange. Let’s see what’s happened since, and who really won that encounter.
From 2009 until 2019, Adrianne Curry did a few reality-based appearances, a little acting, and some video game-based stuff. She also got married. Me, on the other hand, I’ve worked at a few newspapers and written a couple things. So, I guess we’re both doing okay.
The grander story in all of this, though, is what has happened to Twitter in the last 10 years? It went from a quirky social media site where you could maybe interact with a celebrity to being a sounding board for the president, as well as a community bound together through common shared interests and emotions. Twitter has gone from being something of a novelty to being a place where news is broken in real time, and it’s becoming a digital time capsule of sorts (unless you’re smart and delete those old tweets).
Let’s see where the next 10 years take us. Oh, and if anybody wants to send this link to Adrianne Curry and let her know I’m ready to make up, please help me out. I’m still blocked.
UPDATE: Adrianne Curry saw a link to this article, enjoyed it, and decided to unblock me. The power of social media!