Didn’t think I’d be writing another blog post anytime soon to be honest, but if you are one of my Twitter followers and have maybe been wondering where I’ve disappeared to (or maybe you haven’t), this is the only way I can think of to explain what happened: The week before Christmas I was permanently suspended from Twitter for the comment below.

Those of you familiar with the movie Clueless will recognize both those comments as quotes from this scene in it.

But I guess if you haven’t seen the movie or you’re a bot programmed to flag certain words and phrases it might look like I’m randomly telling someone I want to shoot them in the head. A couple of hours later I got the following email from Twitter.

So I did what they said and appealed, explaining what the context of my comment was and even including a YouTube link to the scene above. I also pointed out that Alyssa had LIKED my reply so clearly she knew what I meant and that I wasn’t being malicious or threatening in any way. Their response to my perfectly reasonable (and true!) explanation was to tell me I was suspended for good.

I have appealed again, basically making the same points and telling them if they actually looked at my account they would see that the idea I would seriously threaten to shoot someone is ridiculous. I got a boilerplate reply saying they will continue their review but nearly two weeks later I haven’t heard anything and my Twitter feed has this at the top.

So I’m assuming that’s that.

I’m probably going to start a new account once I figure out how to keep my identity secret but, to be honest, there is a little voice in my head telling me I’m better off without being on Twitter — the past couple of weeks off it have been kind of nice and I’ve got a lot of reading done.

But who am I kidding? Of course I’ll be back. It may be a hellscape of arseholes and idiots but it’s worth it for the tiny percentage that isn’t. Besides, where else am I going to flog my T-shirts?


11 thoughts on “Banished”

  1. I was pleased to see you’d written a blogpost until I read it. What a load of nonsense. And to think thee’s genuine fucking racists, conspiracy nuts etc Tweeting freely.


  2. Nice to see a post on here, but what madness on Twitter? As SA says, especially given how much actual toxicity goes unchecked there. Crazy. Hope you find a way back on. If under a new alias, give me a follow and I’ll follow back – I’ll know it’s you as I haven’t had any other new followers for… well, I was going to say months but it’s more like years.


  3. I was wondering what had happened. Hope to see you back soon.
    The 2021 poll starts up tomorrow (04.01.21).
    Follow me when you rejoin @lonepilgrimUK

    Happy New Year BTW


  4. Hello Lee – You anarchist.

    No thoughts on the twitter fiasco (not being a Twatter myself), but just thought I’d point you in the direction of an old band that – given your penchant for the gossamer sounds of the Clientele – you might enjoy. With your eclectic taste, you may well know of them but if not, check out the Montgolfier Brothers on your favorite streaming service (they are available on Amazon anyway). Apparently one member is no longer with.

    My exposure was via the RadMac show – one of their soothing Sunday songs, or whatever they were called.


    Cheers, Geo.


  5. Hi Lee,
    That’s a bugger, I guess that there’s not much room for nuance on that platform. Hope all is well in MA.
    Take care,
    Rich (@HorizontalsRich)


  6. Cheers Rich. I’ve appealed three times now which got me nowhere. Think I’m dealing with a bot and not a real person.

    Tried to set up a new account with a different email but got tripped up by my phone number. Balls


  7. I can relate to this. On FB, there was a photograph of a really impressive cosplayer, and his amazing artwork in re-creating the character “Zane” from Borderlandds 3.

    I liked the photo, and commented “Shoot him, not me!”
    Which, is a direct line uttered by the Character Zane, in the videogame.
    Got the ban, tried to do the appeal, stating that the character is Zane, and one of the character’s lines is “Shoot him, not me!” directly from the videogame, from the character, on which the cosplayer based his work.

    Still wouldn’t budge…


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