Apparently the old Taylor Swift is dead. However, on Monday night Jedward fans had bigger things to worry about when the duo’s official Twitter account disappeared.
The brothers’ loyal fan base was left mystified as the “@planetjedward” handle redirected them to a notice from Twitter stating that their account had been suspended. #GetPlanetJedwardBack began to spread quickly as puzzled Jedhead’s campaigned for their idols to return.
By Tuesday morning everything was almost back to normal, with Twitter reinstating the twins’ profile — although their blue verified badge is noticeably absent. But why was it suspended to begin with? Well, it transpires that Taylor Swift is apparently the one to blame, or rather her legion of Swifties.
In case you hadn’t noticed, the American popstar released the first cut off her upcoming album last week. Its arrival sent the internet into a spin as fans and haters alike tucked into the song and its meaning.
Then on Sunday, Taylor dropped the “Look What You Made Me Do” video during the MTV VMAs. Cue more hysteria.
Amongst the choir of well-wishers were the brothers Grimes, who tweeted the singer saying “Best music video of all time”. In addition to the message of support, they re-uploaded all four minutes and sixteen seconds of the clip in question.
But Swift’s fans were unimpressed. Back in 2015, Adele’s “Hello” set the record as the most-viewed music video within 24 hours. The Swifties were determined to break this. And nothing, not even the famous bequiffed twins, was going to stand in their way.
Swift by name, swift by nature. The Swifties wasted no time in mobilising their forces, and reported the “Lipstick” hitmakers en masse.
Thankfully, all’s well that ends well. Taylor Swift comfortably broke the record, while the Irish Eurovision 2011 and 2012 stars can tweet once more.
As of Tuesday evening, neither John nor Edward have publicly commented on the incident, although the offending tweet has been removed.
We suspect they may want to be excluded from this narrative given they’ve so many projects on at the moment.
They recently appeared in the fifth instalment of the Sharknado movie franchise, and also filmed scenes for an upcoming MTV celebrity dating show. On top of all that, they’re due to appear alongside the likes of Brendan Murray and Linda Martin on the judging panel for Ireland’s Junior Eurovision 2017 selection.
What do you think of the Twitter drama? Did Jedward deserve to be suspended? Or were Taylor’s fans simply being a tad overzealous? Let us know in the comments below.