Here’s a social media head-to-head we never thought we’d see: Nickelodeon vs. Jason Biggs.
The American Pie actor, who voices a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle on the kids network, is rather forthcoming in his tweets about his distaste for the Republican party in general and presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, specifically. His tweets, to put it gently, were super raunchy (he has since deleted them but you can read them here
if you’re up for it).
When an actor or comedian goes overboard with tweets about political candidates, it rarely causes a media uproar. But Biggs’ Twitter account was promoted on Nickelodeon’s website—visible to any child with access to the Web.
As you can imagine, calls for boycotts have sprung up from parent groups. Fox Business
is among the mainstream outlets that has picked it up and run with it.
Here’s Nickelodeon’s response:
“The offensive comments made by Jason Biggs last week on his personal Twitter account do not reflect our company’s views or values, and we condemn them. Nickelodeon does not support or condone the use of graphic or vulgar language on any of our platforms. It was our mistake to link from our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Twitter feed to Jason’s personal twitter account, and we quickly corrected our error. We also insisted Jason use better judgment and discretion in public communications while affiliated with our brand.”
Biggs’ response to the mess was curt but salient: “To everyone freaking out about my tweets: you know I put my (blank) in a pie, right?” Now, he’s taken to retweeting the terrible things people say about him.
I don’t know anymore. I just don’t kow.