Republican congressman and devoted Trump defender Rep. Devin Nunes of California has filed a defamation lawsuit against Twitter and a couple of parody accounts that enjoy making fun of him, and SNL couldn't have written a funnier script than this lawsuit and the ensuing Twitter pile-on.
Nunes filed his complaint Monday in Henrico County Circuit Court in Virginia, seeking $250 million (!) in damages, and naming two specific users and one other individual (a Republican strategist) as defendants along with Twitter itself.
Twitter and the strategist, Liz Mair, have declined to comment so far, as the New York Times reports, and one of the accounts named, @DevinNunesMom, was actually suspended last year. But one parody account, @DevinCow, is still active and having a field day with this today — and it seems like Nunes might have invoked the Streisand Effect without realizing it. @DevinCow now has 129,000 followers and counting, when just yesterday it had only 1,200.
(Sidebar: Back in 2003, Barbra Streisand made internet history when she sued an aerial photographer working for the California Coastal Records Project for publishing photographs of her Malibu home. And guess what: The photos, which barely anyone knew about before her lawsuit, became the stuff of international news, the photographer's website received over a million views, and the press reprinted them dozens of times over. The lesson: don't call attention to something that doesn't have a lot of attention.)
Nunes is claiming a bunch of other stuff in his suit, like that Twitter "shadow bans" conservative voices, and that the platform helped "distract, intimidate and interfere with Nunes’ investigation into corruption and Russian involvement in the 2016 Presidential Election."
Fox News has picked up the story, adding only greater reach to Devin Nunes' Cow, and how much you want to bet SNL does actually pick this up and make the account even more famous?
As @DevinCow tweeted Monday, "I'm not quitting my day job."
My new favorite thing is Fox News' *very serious* reporting on Devin Nunes' Cow— Lis Power (@LisPower1) March 19, 2019
Correspondent: "One Twitter user warned @DevinCow that, 'dark days are coming', to which the Twitter cow replied, 'dude, you're threatening a cow.'"
(h/t @ryanmasri_) pic.twitter.com/7ohyA7Dgo1