Every few weeks we seem to hear of another ambitious politician sabotaging his or her career through poor use of social media. Social media plus government is supposed to equal a big step towards more accessible and accountable politicians. However, it seems to mostly be used for digging up more dirt on elected officials, at least so far. Another source for tabloid headlines.
Just between you and me, I’m all for raking politicians through the coals, and I’m not immune to the hilarity of someone embarrassing themselves for millions to see; but I do wish we paid the same attention to the work that these people do (or don’t do.)
The latest fool to bear his deepest, wrongest thoughts to the entire planet is Alberta MLA Doug Elniski. Seems Doug thought it would be a good idea to take up twittering. In theory, it’s probably a good way to get your message out, keep your constituents informed of what you’re doing–unless what you’re doing is being an idiot.
It seems the first post to really get people noticing was sent from Edmonton’s gay pride parade : “i am surrounded by bumping and grinding lesbians … wait 20 then send help.” Not too crazy really. I could give him the benefit of the doubt and think he was just caught up in the wacky fun of the moment. After all, he is an Albertan Tory. You gotta give him some credit for joining the parade in the first place.
But, it gets worse. Turns out that comment got some people looking closer at his tweets, and finding some entries that make Rush Limbaugh look like Gloria Steinem. Here’s the advice he offered to teenage girls graduating from junior high:
“Ladies, always smile when you walk into a room. Men are attracted to smiles, so smile [and] don’t give me that ‘treated equal’ stuff, if you want equal it comes in little packages at Starbucks.”
Are you kidding me? You’ve got to be a fool to think that, but how messed up do you have to be to actually post it to the world? I don’t care if you live in Edmonton this just screams of bad judgement. And creepiness.
I guess we’ll see what the voters think…