Russell Crowe Twitter-spammed Pope Francis about his new movie, ‘Noah’

February 27, 2014

Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer. (Matt Sayles/AP)

As an internationally famous actor with five Golden Globe nominations, an Oscar, and 1.37 million Twitter followers to his name, Russell Crowe is presumably aware of the futility of tweeting at celebrities. In the past 24 hours, in fact, he’s been the subject of at least two dozen such pointless/one-sided pleas for his attention.

And yet! If you scroll through Crowe’s Twitter feed from the past five days, you will see not one — not two! — but five tweets to @Pontifex, the no-nonsense account of Pope Francis, asking him to tweet about Crowe’s new film, “Noah,” which opens Friday.

“Noah” is, as the name implies, based on the biblical story, and the film’s being advertised around the Vatican, so Crowe’s train of thought makes sense there. But since the pope never tweets about pop culture, and certainly never tweets/cares about Crowe, there is ultimately little separating the star’s social media behavior from that of people like @seb293, who tweets to Crowe pretty regularly.

Incidentally, the Atlantic had a fascinating story Wednesday titled “the psychology of begging to be followed on Twitter.” It basically concludes that such behavior is (a) for teenagers, (b) motivated by the same impulses that drive rats to push levers for treats, and (c) potentially damaging to the user’s social life/overall well-being. You might want to tweet Crowe about it! But if you do, make sure you’re grovelingly nice.

Caitlin Dewey runs The Intersect blog, writing about digital and Internet culture. Before joining the Post, she was an associate online editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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