Eels: Swimming With The Fail Whale

I don’t leave the house much
I don’t like being around people
Makes me nervous and weird
I don’t like going to shows either

‘Things The Grandchildren Should Know’ by Eels

Today Eels announced on their official website that they will no longer use their Twitter account. Twitter is one of a growing number of social media services, and Eels leader Mark Oliver Everett (aka E) is hardly a sociable man, so his unwillingness to embrace Twitter is hardly surprising. What disappoints me is the spectacular way in which he threw his toys from the pram before announcing his departure from the Twittersphere.


"This shit is retarded"

At 16:13 BST, @THE_EELS commented “this shit is retarded” before redirecting fans to the band’s official website. Twitter is a platform for communication but all E did was broadcast, and what he broadcast was pejorative and distasteful. Political correctness has seemingly fallen from favour, but there is something to be said for tact and respect. This was an undignified expression of contempt and an extremely poor choice of words. Twitter will be a happier place without Eels.

4 Responses to “Eels: Swimming With The Fail Whale”

  1. haha, really?

    i would argue with you about whether what the guy said is actually offensive, but i really don’t see what the big deal is. is twitter that important?

    • Whether or not Twitter is important, it is increasingly popular at the moment. He may not have said it on television or radio, but he did broadcast it to the public. I’m not outraged, I don’t demand he be fined or anything silly like that. It’s not so much offensive as disappointing, and I’m just expressing my disappointment.

      • ok sure, i can see why you’re disappointed.
        as with any public channel, there’s bound to be stuff posted that doesn’t sit right with you.. i just tune it out.

  2. +1 agreement, Ally.

    Like turning up to a party, staying a while, helping yourself to drinks and food, skulking around in a corner and muttering — then standing up and shouting, ‘Parties are shit. If you want to see me, come to my house.’

    Reasonable response: ‘Erm … Okay. Did I miss the part where I indicated I wanted to see you?’

    Childish. Irritating. Condescending.

    Sure, he may have a point. Twitter may well be ‘retarded’. I think it’s pretty funny, really — and, like you, am not in the least bit enraged. Just as I wouldn’t be enraged if a baby threw its rattle from the pram.

    If that baby were 46 years old, however …

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