A super injunction, aside from having the most bitchin' first name of all the injunction family, is a bit of legislation in the British legal system used to prevent the press from mentioning any part of a story. A regular injunction blocks a single key detail of a report; a super injunction swats that shit out of the air completely while yelling "THIS IS MY HOUSE." So when an anonymous Twitter user started leaking the hell out of a bunch of them like it wasn't a thing, people took notice. One story in particular stood out: That of famous soccer player Ryan Giggs, who had an "alleged" affair with a reality TV star.
But instead of scheduling a press conference to passive-aggressively apologize and laugh maniacally at the sharp upswing in endorsement deals -- you know, the good ol' fashioned American way -- Giggs immediately sued Twitter to have the information removed.
"If there's one good way to hush something up, it's to make a scene."
He was just another drop in a bucket full of many other super injunctions being leaked by the Twitter account. But, by suing, he now stood out from the crowd. So not only was there a sports/celebrity sex scandal being brought to public attention, but also the news reporting on it couldn't actually name the accused -- because it was forbidden ... taboo ... naughty. It was the perfect storm of media clusterfucks. Of course the people went looking when the news said "Mystery sports star nails mystery celebrity and we can't tell you about it." And they immediately found the details on Twitter. After the story broke, one paper published the following graph of Tweets related to Giggs' name:
17 viewers? England is weird.