Plagiarizing Tweets Can Win You Praise in USA Today
USA Today featured a charming tweet today from Tommy Toledo, whose Twitter bio describes him as a pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Too bad Toledo actually stole the quip from writer/Actual Twitter Funnyperson Aaron Fullerton. But no matter! The stolen tweet was only featured on the cover of the third largest newspaper in the nation's sports section. What-even-ever.
Here's the original quote.
Imagine Ferris Bueller trying so hard not to Instagram his whole day off.— Aaron Fullerton (@AaronFullerton) July 20, 2014
Here's the subsequent, nationally reprinted tweet from Toledo.
Imagine how hard it would've been for Ferris Bueller not to tweet about his whole Day Off ????— Tommy Toledo (@TommyToledo13) July 21, 2014
In case you're wondering, Toledo's pretty psyched about his emergence as a serious literary wit.
It's one thing to steal a tweet. It's another to brag about the stolen tweet after your deed has spiraled out of control. Shia LaBeouf would've been on a 17-city apology tour by this point.
Let's be clear: Tweets get stolen all the time. It's annoying, and there's really no adequate way of shaming a tweet plagiarist. But once your theft lands a newspaper cover and you still won't recant, maybe then it's safe for everyone to join in on the contempt.