Satirical Twitter accounts -- created by anonymous users to mock and skewer public figures or celebrities -- have been around almost as long as Twitter itself. One of the first such accounts to gain national attention was that of @FakeSarahPalin, which went into full gear with a vengeance during the elections and managed to make the real Sarah Palin look both better and worse by comparison.
The @BPGlobalPR account was created on May 19 by an enterprising yet still unknown user who kicked off the hilarity with two Tweets that took direct aim at how casual BP's public attitude has been to the full-scale environmental disaster taking place in the Gulf of Mexico:
We regretfully admit that something has happened off of the Gulf Coast. More to come.
And only a few minutes later, the second Tweet set the tone for the entire "public relations" account:
Adorable! Naughty Kitty Makes a Mess! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=greOQOD6GDA
In only six short days, the fake PR account for BP has gained nearly 10,000 followers. Do those followers really think they're following a genuine public relations account for the oil giant? Or are they just appreciative of the caustic humor and social commentary borne out of a terrible situation? We prefer to think it's the latter.
Either way, Sarah Palin and British Petroleum aren't the only ones getting lambasted on a routine basis as thousands of followers laugh and re-Tweet with glee. Below are our five favorite satirical Twitter accounts.
5. Drunk Hulk
Technically speaking, the Incredible Hulk is not a real person. But the laughs at Drunk Hulk's expense (and his constant use of Caps Lock) are very real. Sample Tweets:
MONDAY! YOU FALL APART! TUESDAY WEDNESDAY! BREAK DRUNK HULK HEART! OH THURSDAY! NO EVEN START! IT FRIDAY! DRUNK HULK IN LOVE!
INJURY AT CONCERT! DRUNK HULK SORRY! JUSTIN BIEBER JUST GET DRUNK HULK EXCITE! BUT LIKE MOST PEOPLES! DRUNK HULK NO KNOW WHY!
4. Fake Sarah Palin
What Tina Fey is to SNL, Fake Sarah Palin is to Twitter. You can easily picture every single Tweet as being actually uttered by Palin at one time or another, crazy half-Minnesota accent and all.
Omg Todd just shot his last wolf from a helicopter of the whole decade!
"Blogger"?! It is NOT appropriate to create a special name for AfroAmerican loggers. JUST CALL THEM LOGGERS srsly
3. Fake AP Stylebook
It's easy to make something humorous to a niche audience, like overzealous English majors or beleaguered journalists and copy editors. But when satire reaches out broadly past its roots and becomes enjoyed by thousands more, it's truly prime material. Fake AP Stylebook does just that, taking fake rules and style guidelines to an absurd and sublime pop culture end.
On first reference, "fans of the band Insane Clown Posse." On subsequent references, "haaahahahahahaha."
When interviewing American Idol contestants, try not to let your crushing despair show in the final product.
2. BP Global PR
Even though it's such a new candidate, the expert mix of bumbling yet arrogant behavior on the account perfectly mimics BP's attitude towards the Gulf oil leak and echoes many peoples' frustration and disbelief that the company could still continue to be so flippant in the face of disaster.
We just saw a shark fight an octopus inside the geyser. Almost made this whole thing worth it.
Please do NOT take or clean any oil you find on the beach. That is the property of British Petroleum and we WILL sue you.
1. Fake Nick Nolte
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There has yet to be a status update from Fake Nick Nolte that hasn't made us nearly piss ourselves laughing. The celebrity mugshot that no one will forget seems to have taken on a life of its own, splitting the world in two: A world where the regular Nick Nolte lives on in quiet infamy, and a world where he's every bit as rampantly insane as his hair would have you believe. We prefer the latter.
Just jerry-rigged me a rascal scooter with a shitter in the seat.
Well hell, it must be my lucky day. Just found a heroin balloon in my stool. I don't even remember swallowin that.