Roger Ebert Battles Tea Party By Twitter

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Roger Ebert. Photo: Ethan Hill/Esquire

Film critic Roger Ebert recently stirred up the debate about video games as art (he says “video games represent a loss of those precious hours we have available to make ourselves more cultured, civilized and empathetic”), and now he’s done it again, engaging in a Twitter flame war with Tea Party types (report via CNN):

Movie critic and cancer survivor Roger Ebert has run afoul of some proclaimed Tea Party supporters and things turned ugly.

Gawker.com has some of the tweets which document the skirmish. It all started after Ebert took to Twitter last week to comment on a story about five teens who were sent home from their high school after wearing American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.

“Kids who wear American Flag t-shirts on 5 May should have to share a lunchroom table with those who wear a hammer and sickle on 4 July,” Ebert tweeted from his @ebertchicago account.

Gawker reports that what followed were some pretty harsh responses from those who took offense. Tweets like “I mean honestly. How many pieces need to fall off @ebertchicago before he gets the hint to shut the (expletive) up” and “You know, @ebertchicago, I’m not as expert on flag etiquette as you. Tell me, which do I fly when you die of cancer?”

Ebert lost part of his lower jaw to cancer and has not spoken or eaten in several years.

The critic tweeted in response “Dear TeePee tweeters making fun of my cancer: You want ugly? For that, you have to look at a mind, not a face.”

He also addressed the Twitter skirmish on his blog and even had some advice for the five students…

[continues at CNN]

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  • justagirl

    sorry, but, yo face is ugleh, too.

  • cakeypig

    I don't know why people bother arguing back. He's just a senile old idiot.
    Anyone who fights with the Tea Party is a little bit cool, however.

    • Word Eater

      Maybe Ebert is just bored and wants something to pass the time. Arguing with idiots can be some great entertainment.

      In a few weeks, he can say “Troll!” and laugh at them.

  • 5by5

    I think the May 5th incident was ridiculous on a number of levels and that Ebert's characterization is wrong, but once again, the Tea Party people just prove what colossal douchebags they are, because they can't argue the merits of the issue itself, instead they have to make fun of something totally out of the man's control – a horrible illness that has ravaged his body. They get personal, because they have no way to argue issues they barely understand.

  • Word Eater

    Maybe Ebert is just bored and wants something to pass the time. Arguing with idiots can be some great entertainment.

    In a few weeks, he can say “Troll!” and laugh at them.

  • Word Eater

    Maybe Ebert is just bored and wants something to pass the time. Arguing with idiots can be some great entertainment.

    In a few weeks, he can say “Troll!” and laugh at them.

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