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Tue April 9, 2013
Cher's Alive, Despite What You Read On Twitter
Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 8:35 am
What do you see when you read this Twitter hashtag?
It's supposed to be about Monday's death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and looks to have been popularized by the website "IsThatcherDeadYet," which was not upset to hear about the Iron Lady's passing. "It's fair to say that we are not fans," site co-creator Jared Earle told The Guardian.
When Thatcher died, the website asked readers "how are you celebrating?" and suggested they use the #nowthatcherisdead hashtag.
"So sad to hear that Cher is dead. #nowthatcherisdead."
That led to some confusion and amusement. Comedian Ricky Gervais was among those who tried to straighten things out:
"Some people are in a frenzy over the hashtag #nowthatchersdead. It's 'Now Thatcher's dead'. Not, 'Now that Cher's dead' JustSayin' "
This goes to show, tweets @WePlayOnWords, "why capital letters should be used in hashtags #NowThatcherIsDead #nowthatcherisdead."
As for Cher, she doesn't seem to have joined in the discussion. But she was on Twitter early Tuesday, posting notes and a photo.