Comedian Russell Brand felt the wrath of Twitter this afternoon after he tweeted an image of a Daily Mail reporter’s business card featuring his mobile number.
Brand, who in the past year has become a vocal activist, posted a tweet on Monday afternoon making allegations about the tax affairs of the company and the newspaper’s owner, Lord Rothermere.
“One of their senior reporters wants to talk about it,” the comedian wrote. The tweet was accompanied by an image showing the business card of senior reporter Neil Sears, with “Please call” written above his name with an arrow pointing to his work landline number, his mobile phone number and his work email address.
But some Twitter users, including former Mirror editor Piers Morgan, complained that targeting the journalist was unfair, and threatened to report Brand to Twitter. Writer Dan Waterfield wrote: “This is not a pleasant thing to do”.
Margo Milne wrote: “So you share his contact details? Low.”
Hats off to Russell Brand for managing the seemingly impossible: making Twitter sympathise with a Daily Mail reporter.— Sathnam Sanghera (@Sathnam) December 8, 2014
Reported @rustyrockets for harassment, would encourage you to do the same— Helena Horton (@thughelena) December 8, 2014
Journalist asks Russell Brand a question. Russell Brand tweets journalist's mobile number to his 8.7 million followers.— Alex Wickham (@WikiGuido) December 8, 2014
Another reminder that cheeky chappy and warrior for justice Russell Brand is a reprehensible human man.— Earthman Johann (@paperclipracket) December 8, 2014
Russell Brand tweeting journalists' personal phone numbers? What a berk.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 8, 2014
Minutes later, Brand deleted the tweet and explained that the reporter had asked him to call him, but did not apologise for posting his details.
Russell Brand's Most Controversial Quips
Russell Brand's Most Controversial Quips
1/19 On puberty:
“By puberty I learned that nothing worth having could be easily attained and to succeed one must be single minded."
2/19 On changing the world:
“I want to change the world, and do something valuable and beautiful. I want people to remember me before I'm dead, and then more afterwards.”
3/19 On being strong:
"Strength does not have to be belligerent and loud."
4/19 On grammar:
“I couldn't possibly have sex with someone with such a slender grasp on grammar!”
5/19 On manners in England:
"In England we have such good manners that if someone says something impolite, the police will get involved."
6/19 On junkie v vegetarian:
“Even as a junkie I stayed true [to vegetarianism] - 'I shall have heroin, but I shan't have a hamburger.' What a sexy little paradox.”
7/19 On the future:
“People don't realize that the future is just now, but later.”
8/19 On sex addiction:
“Boggle with sex addicts is up there with go-kart racing with junkies.”
9/19 On life:
“My life is just a series of embarrassing incidents strung together by telling people about those embarrassing incidents.”
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10/19 On happiness:
"If you want to be happy stop being so self-obsessed and start considering other people."
11/19 On drug addiction:
“The mentality and behavior of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.”
12/19 On sitcoms:
"I do have a regard for the musicality of language that came from BBC sitcoms like Fawlty Towers."
13/19 On life motivation:
"That's what keeps me alive, perversion and star quality.”
14/19 On love:
“When you fall in love you recognise you're not the most important person in the world, and your focus becomes another person.”
15/19 On threesomes:
“I like threesomes with two women, not because I'm a cynical sexual predator. Oh no! But because I'm a romantic. I'm looking for "The One." And I'll find her more quickly if I audition two at a time.”
16/19 On Conservatives:
"Conservatism appeals to our selfishness and fear, our designer and self-interest."
17/19 On surfing:
“Surfing should be called "foam-choking" or "sea stabbing.”
18/19 On Demi Moore:
"I've not made love to her yet, but it's a matter of time."
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19/19 On success:
"When I was growing up, I thought I'd be a lot happier if I was famous and successful and if I had money."
“That was a bit nuts. He put it thru me door with “please call” on it. They’re bothering me Mum. Deleted it. I’m human," he wrote.
The tweet comes after Russell Brand threatened to take legal action against The Sun last week for labelling him a ‘hypocrite’.