Johnny Marr - Johnny Marr Scared Off Twitter By Critics13 July 2012
Johnny Marr Scared Off Twitter By Critics
The former The Smiths star opened an account on the microblogging website in 2010 and enjoyed making witty comments about music and current affairs, but he quickly learned the danger of being so open online.
He attracted criticism after tweeting that most women don't like rock music and hit headlines when he told his followers he had 'banned' British Prime Minister David Cameron from listening to his music - and the backlash forced him to tone down his Twitter use.
Marr tells music website AskMeAskMeAsk.me, "That's why I don't tweet so much anymore though. I've gotten a bit more guarded about it. Twitter started out as a fun experiment for me. It's something I never thought I'd do.
"Some strange things happen on Twitter though. Like, it occurred to me that when guys start going on about Led Zeppelin records and The Who records and all of that, it's like when they go on about cars, but the girls I know are really pretty smart and they don't like classic rock. I thought that was funny and I tweeted about it.
"The next thing I knew I had 400 people, mostly women, calling me sexist because they think I'm saying they're too stupid to know a bl**dy Jethro Tull record, when in fact, I'm kind of making fun of the boys for being silly trainspotters about stupid stuff."
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