Rap fan ejected from concert after sending critical tweet
Social media is a powerful tool. While services like Twitter and Facebook are a great way of sharing original content and fresh ideas, it remains important to take a moment to think about who might be paying attention when choosing to communicate in such a public forum.
Mike Taylor, who goes by the Twitter handle AdmiralMikey, learned this the hard way after being ejected from a rap concert for sending a disparaging tweet about an opening act.
"Dear nerd rapper opening for Powerglove/MC Chris," wrote Taylor, referring to opening act Richie Branson, "you're not good enough to pander to me. Better luck next time."
Unfortunately for Taylor, concert headliner MC Chris himself happened to be checking his twitter feed at the time the message was sent.
The rapper/comedian, real name Christopher Brendan Ward, did not take kindly to someone criticising his friend and promptly ejected Taylor from the show.
Taylor, somewhat perturbed by the incident, decided to inform the internet.
"So I got kicked out of the Powerglove & mc chris show at Union Transfer in Philly last night by mc chris himself over a tweet," Taylor wrote in a post to social news website Reddit, dated July 18.
"I walked out to the lobby, grabbed a soda and was sitting there when I heard the crowd went nuts and mc chris started talking, and I heard him ask for my real name … I got up, walked back onto the floor and raised my hand."
"He then pointed at me and yelled, "Security is going to take you the [expletive] out now! That's what you get for talking [expletive] on Twitter!"
Of course, that wasn't the end of the story. A contingent of Reddit users proceeded to band together in support of Taylor and began sending anti-MC Chris tweets under the hashtag #TeamProMikey.
The abuse quickly got out of hand for the 36-year old MC Chris, who would later write in a Facebook post that he had broken down crying in the middle of the mall over the situation.
The rapper has since apologised for the incident, which Taylor has accepted, even going so far as to suggest the two play a round of the computer game Street Fighter together.
Nonetheless, the incident serves as a reminder to take care with your next social media marketing campaign, as you never know who will be reading.
Posted by Zak Wash