You probably can't remember back this far, but before Twitter, celebrities were for the most part like demigods -- infallible, brilliant, perfect in every way. Of course, we saw the occasional coke-fueled meltdown, but otherwise everything a celebrity said was carefully filtered through a publicist or a softball nonquestion from Mary Hart.
Twitter changed the game. For the first time in the history of ever, we have a one-way ferry boat ride into the inner thoughts of living celebrities, as they think them.
Or garble them through a mouthful of baby turtle, as the case may be.
No filters. No minders. No take-backsies. Now, often we find out exactly what we suspected (i.e., that Courtney Love can't spell and needs family counseling). But other times, we find out these people are completely different from their public personae, often in mind-blowing ways.
5Mike Tyson is a Thoughtful Man of Peace
If, like us, you've been alive for the past 20 years, here's what you know about Mike Tyson:
- Ear Bite
- Face Tattoo
And that about sums it up for the uninformed Tyson observer. Throw in a few boxing matches, along with assault arrests, white tigers and Robin Givens, and the bulk of Tyson lore is covered. Think again.
What His Twitter Feed Taught Us:
Iron Mike is just like the rest of us, provided the rest of us are peaceful vegans who goad our followers into telling us about the good deeds they do for others. This just in: We're not.
And then you have the pics:
These are not the expected words of a guy who once bit half an ear off of one opponent and threatened to eat another opponent's children. Hello, Earth to Mike: Children and ears of heavyweight boxers are not vegetables. It turns out the vegan thing just started in 2009, and although Tyson converted to Islam back in 1994, he's only gotten gung-ho for Allah in the past year and a half.
Also, for a guy who once failed his GED test, he takes more care to spell and punctuate everything properly than anyone else on Twitter. Holy crap, everything we thought we knew is a lie.