Satire’s always the most difficult style of humor; either it’s really funny, or it’s just confusing and lame and a total bummer. Satire in 140 characters or less is even more difficult, and to this day, the only truly funny fake Twitter profile we can think of is the (sadly defunct) Fake Rick Reilly, host of such cringe-inducing gems as “Houston, you don’t have a problem! Beating the Lakers in LA is enough to make any fan say Yao-ie!”
Then there was (key word was; we’ll get to that) Tony La Russa’s fake Twitter profile, which had a typical ho-hum reference to his DUI and, a location of, um, “tossing Albert Pujols‘ salad.” So that gives you a good idea of what an intellectual titan we’re dealing with here. Obviously, there’s only one proper response by La Russa and his
bored lawyer friends legal representation: our good old friend, the lawsuit (H/T: Leitch):
Anthony La Russa, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, sued Twitter after an unknown Twitter user created an account at twitter.com/TonyLaRussa and pretended to post updates as La Russa. […]
La Russa’s complaint alleged that the fake Twitter page constituted trademark infringement and dilution, cybersquatting, and misappropriation of name and likeness. […] Hours after the lawsuit was filed, Twitter removed the fake La Russa page and its postings. According to the Superior Court docket, the case is still pending.
Pending for now, yes, but likely to be dismissed since the profile was deleted. It’s interesting to note, however, that had Twitter kept the profile up, all of those allegations would probably be true. That’s really not an easy situation for an open social network site to find itself in, particularly when there’s so much temptation to engage in anonymous mischief.
But at least Twitter acted quickly and appropriately to what appears to be a complete overreaction to–wait, I’m sorry, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, have you got something to add to this?
“We tried to reach (Twitter) for a week, and got no response,” said La Russa’s attorney, Gregory McCoy.
Oh. So in this instance, a lawsuit was exactly what was necessary and in no way frivolous. Please stop ruining cheap preconceptions of the legal profession, sir, we won’t be having any of that. Carry on.