Telstra’s parenting feud and Kim’s no prude • Tony McManus on 6PR

16 March 2016 2:54 pm

If there’s one topic bound to start a fight online, it’s parenting. But when the account giving out the unsolicited advice is a major telecommunications company, expect fur to fly.

Sydney journalist Michelle Stephenson was one of many customers who reached out to the official Telstra Twitter account when she was having trouble with her Foxtel and broadband service.

“It says estimated time fixed is 2 days. I have a child who wants #TV though,” she wrote.

Rather than offer an apology or something remotely helpful, Telstra customer service representative “Renee” got sassy:

“I usually show my kid the outside world when there’s no internet, it’s tricky…” Renee replied.

Michelle, and many others, jumped on the “rude” and “condescending” tweet, before Renee apologised and changed tack.

While many social media users – especially Australians – embrace the odd bit of cheekiness, this certainly was not the time, nor the place.
Meanwhile, cheeky fans of the 7 News Australia Facebook page had the internet grinning with some creative trolling, which no doubt left the social media editors feeling flustered.

The page, like many others linked to news and current affairs sites, encourages fans to write in with their news tips, pictures and video.
The prankster would set up the ruse with a seemingly innocent news tip, claiming they had photos of a crime taking place. When the journalist at the other end took the bait and asked for the pictures, they were rewarded with a screenshot from The Simpsons. D’oh!

From cheeky in a figurative sense, to a very voluptuous literal one. Kim Kardashian attempted #breaktheinternet part two when she posted a selfie – completely in the buff.

Messages of support, disgust and major side-eye ensued, the most notable being from the queen of sass herself – the Divine Miss M.
“Kim Kardashian tweeted a nude selfie today,” Bette Midler quipped.
“If Kim wants us to see a part of her we’ve never seen, she’s gonna have to swallow the camera.”

It takes guts and talent to pull off a sex tape joke with such class and there’s no doubt Midler has both in spades.

Finally, it’s been a bad week for adult magazine Penthouse who found its Twitter account brutally, and hilariously, taken over and rebranded.
The pranksters stirred up all kinds of trouble announcing a gay-themed issue, a Lego issue and a flirt with bestiality – all a big departure from Penthouse’s usual saucy content.

Could it be related to reports of the company not paying proper wages and entitlements? It’s possible, but if the culprit is found to be an employee, I suspect they’ll find themselves out of work pretty quickly.

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