In the last few years, Twitter has gone from being a social network to something much bigger. Everyone from politicians to actors to musicians use the site to express opinions, reach out to the public, and occasionally, do a bit of trolling. While many see Twitter trolls as little more than bullies, there have been times when a bit of wit against the right target has lead up to pretty great comedic moments. Sometimes fights and disagreements online turn ugly. But every once in awhile, something else happens.
For several weeks, President Donald Trump and actor/former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have gone back and forth on Twitter to discuss politics, and Schwarzenegger taking over as the host of The Apprentice for Trump. Where Trump likes to discuss how the show’s ratings have gone down since Schwarzenegger started hosting, Schwarzenegger fires back with references to his experience as a politician and how he released his tax returns. And when it comes to politics, Schwarzenegger is not stopping with just The President. Recently he tweeted his thoughts on Congress:
When Congress is less popular than herpes & Nickelback, how do 97% of them get re-elected? Gerrymandering. WATCH: https://t.co/SoX0tdlTeM— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) February 14, 2017
And that started a bit of a battle. Not with Congress, but with Nickelback. The band got wind of the Governator’s tweet about their popularity, and fired back with a hit of their own:
.@Schwarzenegger big fans. Approval rate this: Batman & Robin. Please leave us out of your future wisdom drops. Danke Shön Herr Governator.— Nickelback (@Nickelback) February 14, 2017
Batman and Robin, which featured Schwarzenegger as the punning villain Mr. Freeze, is not the greatest moment of Schwarzenegger’s career. It was panned by critics and audiences and is often ranked among the lowest, if not the lowest, of the Batman films. Schwarzenegger received top billing in the film, even over Batman’s portrayer George Clooney. Schwarzenegger took the ribbing in stride when he wrote his response:
@Nickelback That's... ice cold. I hope we can agree that we need a freeze on gerrymandering, guys. Thanks for the reply.— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) February 14, 2017
Now that is how you take a joke. Nickelback was also appreciative of both the message, and Schwarzenegger’s self-deprecating callback to Mr. Freeze, showed some respect in return:
And that is how to troll on Twitter. In such a way that gets the message across, where everyone can leave as friends.
Nickelback’s newest album, Feed the Machine will release on June 9. The Apprentice airs on Mondays at 8 pm on NBC.