Someone has been impersonating two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone on Twitter since January—and the beloved Broadway diva is steaming mad.
“I don’t have a Twitter account,” LuPone told Broadway.com. “I don’t have a Facebook page. And I will not have one in the near future. It’s as if I’ve had my identity stolen!”
Twitter user “LuPonePATTI,” who announces “I am Patti LuPone and I’m taking Twitter by storm!” and links to LuPone’s official website, has been tweeting since January 10 about a variety of Broadway-themed topics, with some vicious digs at performers like Bernadette Peters, Glenn Close, Elaine Stritch and Barbra Streisand.
“I’d like to meet this person and wring his or her neck,” LuPone said. “And tell them to use their time in a more beneficial way. Like work for a charity instead of impersonating people!”
LuPone has tried in vain to contact Twitter and to close down the account, even dropping by the corporate headquarters of the company while promoting her bestselling Patti LuPone: A Memoir in San Francisco. Unfortunately, LuPone couldn’t even get past the receptionist.
Twitter adds a blue checkmark next to celebrity accounts that are known to be real, marking it as a “verified” account. Although the company allows for parody, user accounts with the “clear intent to confuse or mislead may be permanently suspended,” according to Twitter guidelines.
Here’s hoping Twitter steps up and gets LuPonePATTI out of Patti LuPone’s life ASAP!
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