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Ellen crashes Twitter thanks to a gaggle of friends and some crafty product placement

The Star Wars Trilogy was playing last night on Spike TV, but apparently some awards ceremony called the Oscars was also playing at the same time. And as host of the Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres naturally commingled with the audience that was full of Oscar hopefuls.
Early in the show, Ellen took the opportunity to whip out a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone to take a selfie with a virtual Who’s Who in Hollywood including Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, and Kevin Spacey.

But, that’s no big deal, right? Celebrities pat themselves on the back all the time. However, once Ellen posted the image to Twitter to share with her nearly 27 million followers, the “selfie” took on a life of its own. The photo seen around the world was enough to crash Twitter for roughly 20 minutes (to which Twitter apologized).

As of this hour, the photo has been retweeted 2.5 million times, setting a new record. The previous record hold was a photo of Michelle and Barack Obama after the President won reelection in 2012. That photo garnered only 781,000 retweets.

Sources: Twitter, NPR

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RE: One of the best moment
By Reclaimer77 on 3/3/2014 12:32:57 PM , Rating: 0
Wow that was some piece of brilliance.

So when do you graduate from middle school again?

RE: One of the best moment
By hughlle on 3/3/2014 12:36:38 PM , Rating: 1
You question my maturity with a response like that? Good work!

RE: One of the best moment
By Reclaimer77 on 3/3/2014 12:41:43 PM , Rating: 4
Because it was moronic. I'm clearly not talking about the celebrities. My point was our cultures obsession with them.

You post was just...pointless.

But don't worry about me. I won't stop you from being a sheep.

RE: One of the best moment
By hughlle on 3/3/2014 1:56:59 PM , Rating: 1
your point was based on people needing to get a life based on what you considered to be important or not important. Someone else would be jsut as justified in telling you to get a life for being so fixated with what other people spend their time doing ;)

RE: One of the best moment
By Samus on 3/3/2014 7:15:12 PM , Rating: 3
Damn Reclaimer, I don't say this often, but you are certainly one of those people I would not like to have a drink with in a bar.

Do you ever say anything positive?

The Jolie-Pitt Foundation has funded millions in research and fighting poverty, and is one of the largest donors next to Warren Buffet of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Then you have people like Kevin Spacey who is incorrectly ranked as the highest paid actor in Hollywood. He actually makes 95% of his wealth through "smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics, his own vodka brand, a variety of restaurants, and ownership of a football team."

The highest paid actor in Hollywood who actually makes the majority of their income from acting is Sandra Bullock, who donates huge sums of money. Just last year she donated a million to the Philippines, and a million to Japan a year prior to that, both targeting the communities directly affected by those disasters. She match the donation of the Jolie-Pitt foundation to New Orleans in 2005.

Many actors give their time free of charge to non-profits. Jay Leno is even considering making his auto collection a free museum to the public, and has for decades offered all of his vehicles for display through museums world-wide, free of charge.

Celebrities are more often than not those people who actually "spread the wealth" unlike those in wall street and politics who "keep the wealth." The rare exception are financial moguls like Warren Buffet. But then you have people like Steve Jobs who was even too cheap to donate a decent chunk to Obama who still saved his companies products from being banned AFTER his death.

I personally work for a man who granted $5 million to the Cleveland Clinic to fund cancer research because they saved his wife. That is half of his self-made fortune.

Celebrities are sometimes pretty shallow, but most of the time they are genuine, lovable people who give incredible performances on screen and help the best they can off-screen with the money they have made. I'm not saying they don't live lavish lifestyles, but part of that is why people are obsessed with them. Who wouldn't want to live like a celebrity? If I had the money I'd wear a fitted Italian suit everyday.

RE: One of the best moment
By Reclaimer77 on 3/4/2014 10:54:32 AM , Rating: 2
Damn Reclaimer, I don't say this often, but you are certainly one of those people I would not like to have a drink with in a bar.

So you truly know me, do you?

So just because I don't understand why Kim Cardassian is still famous, or ever was famous, means I'm joyless and we can't share a drink Lol?

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