Michael Winner embarrasses himself on Twitter

// 20 February 2011

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michaelwinner.jpgMichael Winner has had a bit of an embarrassing incident on Twitter, according to a column in the Observer today.

Writer and poker player Victoria Coren at first assumed the tweets talking about her breasts couldn’t possibly be from the genuine Twitter account of Michael Winner, but apparently they were:

He sent a direct private message, just to me, saying: “You have enlived my tweeters who discovered your breasts when I knew 0 about them.” He put up four more public posts about my breasts and chatted about them with all who passed by – wheezing happily to one follower: “How naughty of Uto suggest Victoria shows us a piccy-poo of her boobs.” Just feel the dribble of saliva on keys.

Then somebody sent me a link to an official Twitter listing on the Times website. This wasn’t an impostor at all. It actually was Michael Winner.

What a bizarre twist. Actually Michael Winner, hunched over the keyboard, typing incessantly about my bristols? Is he getting dementia? I’ve been playing poker in casinos and dodgy clubs for 15 years, I’m familiar with dirty old men who think it’s hilarious to shout: “Show us your tits!” across a room, but it’s not usually a national treasure doing it in a public place. Michael Winner was shouting: “Show us your tits!” in front of nearly 7,000 people. I didn’t think he should be strung up, just helped quietly to a chair and given a nice cup of tea.

The Michael Winner part of this story is a bit astonishing (there is further confirmation if you read on that it is his account). Perhaps even more depressingly, when Coren made some jokes about his tweets, she received what now seems like the almost inevitable hostile backlash:

But there were others: dozens and dozens from men telling me not to be so hysterical. I’d only tweeted a couple of bemused jokes. Is this fall-out from the sacking of Andy Gray and Richard Keys? It seems there is a large community of men so desperate to shout about women’s breasts, so terrified of not being allowed to, that they complain about strident anger even when it isn’t there.

Photo of Michael Winner by Phil Guest, shared on Wikipedia under a Creative Commons license

Comments From You

Jennifer Drew // Posted 20 February 2011 at 6:53 pm

Oh the poor men they don’t want to be told they’re misogynistic and women-hating whenever they reduce women to disposable body parts.

News flash men – women like you are human and women do not want to be reduced to sexualised body parts. Would you men like it if there innumerable tweets informing everyone that a certain male wears huge, huge knickers (looking at you Michael Winner) and that other men’s genitals are oh so so tiny! But that of course would be man-hating would it not and totally unacceptable, whereas women well we aren’t human are we and we mustn’t be accorded dignity must we?

No instead we just exist for men to salivate over and engage in sexually insulting us. That is why feminism/Women’s Liberation exists because we are not men’s disposable sexual service stations. So you men stop sexually harassing women – women don’t like it.

Male sexual harassment within the workplace is illegal and it is long overdue that men’s sexual harassment of women via public spaces/the internet and tweeting is criminalised. Women are not men’s dehumanised sexualised commodities.

Sarah // Posted 21 February 2011 at 10:48 am

To be honest, I’m not really surprised about the hysterical backlash. We’ve all been there – mention the word ‘feminism’ and there will often be a torrent of arguments and/or abuse before you’ve even said anything else… usually from people who don’t see the irony of telling us to stop being hysterical when they’re the ones going purple in the face…

It quite often makes me laugh because the best way to win in these situations is just to remain calm while they work themselves into a temper over something entirely illogical.

Josie // Posted 21 February 2011 at 11:38 am

Oh dear, yet another member joins the sleazy little men club, how predictable! I’m not a huge Victoria Coren fan but I thought that this was for the most part a very dignified article, thoughtfully written and she did a nice job of showing Winner up as the pig-headed ignoramus that he is.

However, she does end the article by saying that she thought Keys and Grey should not have been sacked because she thinks that free speech must always rule and that ‘humour is the best defence’. I find this really unfair – humour doesn’t come naturally to everyone and I felt this comment was no better usual ‘can’t you take a joke luv?’ misogynistic crap. Disappointing.

polly // Posted 23 February 2011 at 8:42 am

I feel very disappointed about this, since I’ve always though of Winner as a bit of a hero since his attack on Richard Littlejohn’s lesbophobia..


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