When it comes to B.C. politics, parody Twitter accounts are few and far between.
Premier Christy Clark does not appear to have a micro-blogging doppelganger. Opposition Leader Adrian Dix does, though the person behind the fake account tweeted only twice before losing interest.
But sift through the #bcpoli hashtag and you’ll no doubt spy a tweet from @NotBCNDP – a parody account that opened last month and utilizes the bright orange logo of Mr. Dix’s New Democratic Party.
The account is clearly fake. The word “parody” is in the profile description, and its listed name is “The Infamous BC NDP.”
An interview request is quickly met with a question about anonymity. An e-mail follows. The sender’s fake name? Naturally, it’s Glen Clark – as in the former NDP premier who resigned following a casino scandal.
@NotBCNDP writes: “I started the account to remind people that the sky isn’t falling, and that the new NDP regime [is] actually the same old NDP we forgot about. However, I’m obviously trying to have a little fun with it as well. ;)”
One might suggest a parody account, particularly one for a political party, carries some ethical concerns. @NotBCNDP has a simple response when asked if someone could mistake him for the official @BCNDP account: “If you read any of my tweets you’ll see that it’s pretty unlikely!”
Whether the parody account spawns any spinoffs remains to be seen. @NotBCLiberals does appear to be available...
Christy Clark had no trouble generating buzz in the Twitterverse this week, though it had nothing to do with a fake account.
Ms. Clark was at a Philippines Independence Day event when she told the crowd: “In my heart, I am Filipina.” She was mocked for going above and beyond normal political pandering. As @Phanyxx tweeted: “#facepalm”
Ms. Clark’s statement even inspired someone to upload a photo of her praying to satirical website memegenerator.net. Visitors can change the photo’s caption to whichever ethnicity they prefer.
On Tuesday, Ms. Clark was at a fundraising dinner when she compared her Liberals to the Los Angeles Kings – the hockey team that knocked the Vancouver Canucks out of the playoffs. B.C. residents are used to seeing Ms. Clark in her Canucks jersey, so it was a surprising statement. But with an election set for May, Ms. Clark said the key for the Liberals is the same as it was for the Kings – to believe.
Canucks fans, hardly known for taking things in stride, didn’t.
@Bmon555: “Christy has THE worst speech writer. #Canucks #bcpoli”