Tweet & Delete: Patricia Arquette Gets Schooled for Demanding Russia be 'Kicked Out of NATO'
04:06 GMT 05.03.2022 (Updated: 14:04 GMT 19.12.2022)
© Richard ShotwellPatricia Arquette attends the 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards - Showtime Emmy Eve party at the San Vicente Bungalows on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in West Hollywood, Calif.
© Richard Shotwell
Acronyms are not a strength for Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette, who, in a since-deleted tweet, demanded Russia be removed from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) over false claims that Moscow’s army at the Zaporozhskaya nuclear power plant laid explosives around the facility in an bid to “blackmail the whole of Europe.”
Some time passed on Friday before Arquette realized she was being verbally dragged through the grass by thousands of netizens who were less-than-amused by her error.
© Twitter/@PatriciaArquetteIn a since-deleted tweet posted on March 4, 2022, American actress Patricia Arquette calls for Russia to be thrown out of NATO, an alliance that does not include Moscow.
In a since-deleted tweet posted on March 4, 2022, American actress Patricia Arquette calls for Russia to be thrown out of NATO, an alliance that does not include Moscow.
“I’m dyslexic. It’s in my bio and has been for years,” she proclaimed – although a quick look at her profile showed that to be another falsehood.
“A couple 14-hour work days laters and I flipped NATO and UN,” she claimed after deleting the initial tweet. “You will live.”
An overwhelming number of Twitter users used the alleged lapse as an opportunity to dunk on the self-proclaimed “troublemaker,” who reportedly has a history of instructing others to do “rudimentary research” before tweeting.
“So your agent finally explained NATO to you,” quipped Twitter user @Monices_Pieces. “That’s why you pay them the big bucks.”
Others went above and beyond to defend Arquette, including user Stacey (@YoRosesYo), who elected to overshare in an apparent effort to ease any social media anxiety.
“I called a student Robert for four years and that wasn’t even the poor kid’s name,” Stacey tweeted.
Supporters also claimed that Arquette, who refers to herself as an activist, should not be held to a higher standard than news hosts like Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and war hawk US politicians calling for violence.
“Some folks'll really hold someone on Twitter to account more than an actual politician,” tweeted user SHANE REACTION.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has emerged as a prime example of a US politician whose violent rhetoric could have resulted in additional loss of human life.
Initially calling on Russian nations to “fix” their ongoing military conflict with Ukraine by eliminating Putin, Graham appeared to walk back his aggression in a monotone Friday morning appearance on Fox News. The broadcast was less than 24 hours after Graham floated a political assassination.
The Kremlin, as well as Washington, including Republicans and Democrats in Congress, quickly held the longtime senator and career politician accountable for his reckless comment.
Netizens were also quick to tell Graham that US officials should shy away from such comments, given Washington’s failures and the civilian losses associated with their own destabilization of foreign countries.