@PaulRyanGosling (and the Mouthy Housewives) Stand Up to Twitter Police
By Mouthy Housewives on October 19, 2012
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Through all of this, we knew we were having fun and we were psyched that people were responding to it, but we didn’t anticipate that our tweets might be seen as any kind of threat to people inside the Romney/Ryan campaign. Truth be told, we will never know for sure who it was that complained to Twitter that we were violating their rules regarding impersonation. Maybe it wasn’t anyone associated with Paul Ryan. It does sure seem unlikely that it could have been anyone else.
Hey girl, I hope you're middle class because I'm totally ready to screw you.
— Paul Ryan Gosling (@PaulRyanGosling) August 11, 2012
Which brings us back to Tuesday night when we got suspended by Twitter, and engaged in a most inane back-and-forth with a Twitter safety patrol officer. We changed our bio to clearly state that we were a parody account (it had only said “The Better Paul Ryan” before that), but we held firm that we should not have to change our username to clarify that we were not impersonating a real person. We also realized this might be a blessing in disguise, the perfect moment to come out as the Mouthy women we are, using humor to express our views on politics. And, hopefully, the news would prompt Twitter to realize that only an idiot wouldn’t know @paulryangosling was a parody.
We never did hear back from Twitter following our lengthy emails detailing exactly how we were in complete compliance with their rules for parody accounts -- but as of now, we have not been suspended again. We get to keep our name. We have less than three weeks left until election night, and we are as fired up as ever to continue making people laugh at the insanity swirling around this campaign. We hope you’ll join us for the rest of the ride, and most important, don’t forget to vote!
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