Twitter can be such a force for good. Sometimes it isn’t.
Sometimes people say very horrible things to each other.
Sometimes people believe it’s ok to say horrible things as long as they are just opinions.
And sometimes the people who enjoy revelling in the attention of a culture war Twitter drama don’t enjoy it when they are asked to justify their positions.
I’ll set out the stage for the play that is this latest chapter of twitter drama, to give the full context,
Standard pantomime rules apply!
Russell wellbeing – The hero of our story, teacher, campaigner, free speech champion and dashingly handsome, proudly ADHD
Tom Starkey – an assistive technology advisor for the University of Leeds,
Andrew Old – teacher (part time)
Stuart Lock – CEO of Advantage Schools,
Zoe Enser – Ex HoD and Director of T&L
Shivan Davis – teacher and teach first advisor
Our play begins with a reasoned blog post, examining the ways in which certain arguments can reframe narratives, and how different perspectives mean we see different things.
It takes great care to only talk in the general sense, and aims to provide understanding to those who cannot understand why they might be being accused of racism. It was written under the assumption that all the fuss about racism accusations, had been made as if he was getting fired for it.
Unfortunately, some readers struggle to move beyond a title…
However – Shivan claims that he will read it later, and then returns to offer his understanding.
Eager to give Shivan a chance to accurate portray events, our hero makes this statement
But without a response…
However, when faced with this question… No response. Maybe he’ll do it later, maybe it just doesn’t bother him to be completely wrong about something anyone can go and check out. Surely other people won’t just assume his odd retelling of his argument is true without actually checking…
Our play continues with Tom and Andrew both having refused to read the blog post, that our hero wrote explaining why he might be being accused of racism. (I don’t actually know if anyone actually accused him of Racism, I certainly got accused of doing it a lot without it actually happening.)
Tom has opted not to read the blog, but is upset that our hero has tried to be reasonable enough to come across balanced, and doesn’t seem to understand the difference between bad faith and having a different opinion.
Andrew has decided to weigh into the matter, and, like Tom, has not actually read the article, but It turns out, if you want to be self-righteous and indignant in your victimhood, but no one has actually victimised you, you can just use accusations that you imagine.
Our next scene returns to the main antagonist, Tom has been asked to give evidence of what is a quite serious character attack he made several days ago. How will he respond? Will he admit he may have been slightly harsh? Will he accept that perhaps things have got too heated? Will he obfuscate the questions put to him and further demand evidence for an accusation no one made? Let’s find out…
We find our hero deciding to give Tom one last chance before really letting him have it. We all make mistakes. We all deserve chances to put things right. In this next scene Tom identifies his hypocrisy and apologises for the hassle he has directed at so many. Wait, that’s not right, he doubles down on obfuscation and demanding evidence for accusations, that I will repeat, no one made.
We begin with the fallout from the tweet chain our hero posted. A lot of people are not happy.
he doesn’t get that much engagements but is happy with the words only being just for Tom.
Luckily, others wanted to share the occasion. Potentially, this could be described as a “pile on,” but it turns out if you just respond levelly and keep asking them to justify their statements, they eventually give up.
Some may say it was quite horrible of Andrew to share what our hero wrote about Tom, many wouldn’t do that to a friend! But Tom joined in on the fun, sharing the appraisal with his followers, and to be fair to them they seem to have had a laugh with it, as if having the label of mediocrity attached to your name was a badge of honour. It sounds fittingly mediocre.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Starkey if he didn’t double down on accusations (that those he accuses of making, did not make)
Someone we must assume is his sister apparently read it
And this guy, who unfortunately blocked our valiant hero, has created this incredible product line. I’m happy to cede the intellectual property rights, after all, it is his smell.
Ultimately Andrew would realise that maybe echoing these sentiments either wasn’t the kindest thing to do, or he got bored of seeing our hero highlighting how no one had ever actually accused Tom of the things they were saying and blocked me. but not before sharing one more time with his 20k followers this description of Tom’s worldly value!
Enter Stuart Lock, determined to tackle our hero’s deviancy with all of the authority of a teacher with a kick me sign on his back and pit stains you know he must be aware of:
Unfortunately, this delightful chance to converse with an actual CEO of what we can only assume is and actual company, but when Daddy Andrew ordered a blocking – he obliged
But not before seeing quite how sycophantic he could be to Tom
But don’t get your hopes up
Enter Zoe Enser – determined to join the pile on, despite arriving late to the party, she wants to clear up what must be miscommunication. She jumps on a comment our hero made to Stuart.
And on Zoe’s stunningly eloquent defense – our play is done
Post credits scene:
If you’ve been called out hundreds of times for fabricating a whole drama for twitter attention, but really feel like the tweets you were looking for existed, maybe you would post something like this
If only there could be an indicator as to why this all happened…