The problem with elitist Hollywood celebrities is that they don’t know as much as they think they know and every so often one of them gives us a vivid display of this.
The most recent gift was from Patricia Arquette and was quickly earmarked as a frontrunner for the dumbest tweet of the year. Eager to virtue signal, the actress responded to the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces to tweet on Friday: “Kick Russia out of NATO.”
The tweet was in response to a report that Russian troops were “laying down explosives around [the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant] in order to ‘blackmail the whole of Europe.’”
As you might expect, her tweet went over like a lead balloon and she was quick to delete it. But after a few hours to dwell on her spectacular blunder, Arquette came back with a vengeance to save face.
Turns out, according to Arquette, she isn’t stupid and wasn’t drunk when she posted the tweet, as some have suggested. No, the apparently hardworking actress explained that she is dyslexic, adding that she had just put in a couple of 14 hour days.
Arquette even went so far as to share a description of what it means to be dyslexic.
I’m dyslexic. It’s in my bio and has been for years. A couple 14 hour work days laters and I flipped NATO and UN. You will live. pic.twitter.com/VIV2Un5Zo1
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) March 5, 2022
So there you have it, the blunder was not her fault but the conditions under which she must endure.
As for kicking Russia out of the United Nations, Richard Gowan, UN director at the International Crisis Group, told Government Executives that it would be “effectively impossible,” and that it may also prove to be counterproductive.
“The UN is a political body. It is not a church. Ultimately, the UN is there as a place where states…can talk to each other in the last resort,” Gowan said, adding: “I worry that if you shove Russia out, if you could find a way to shove Russia out, you just have Russia on the outside trying to undercut even these minimal forms of cooperation.”
Social media users were a bit skeptical of Arquette’s defense… here’s a quick sampling of responses from Twitter:
You’re not describing dyslexia
— Jen Stroup (@JenStroup) March 5, 2022
Right, I forgot UN backwards is NATO
— J Domino (@JDominoEffect) March 5, 2022
Take the L but don’t blame it on dyslexia. Four characters don’t look like two and you don’t accidentally come up with another multi-national org.
— Chris Riebe (@riebe_chris) March 5, 2022
So your agent finally explained NATO to you. That’s why you pay them the big bucks.
— Monices Pieces (@Monices_Pieces) March 5, 2022
— Vogon-filter (@dabski594) March 5, 2022
— Eric Spencer (@JustEric) March 6, 2022
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