Daily Wire God-King Jeremy Boreing was suspended from Twitter Thursday after tweeting about ... Brussels sprouts.
No, we're not kidding. Brussels sprouts.
Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro revealed the suspension on Twitter Thursday morning after Boreing reportedly received a note from Twitter informing him of a 12-hour suspension because he'd encouraged another Twitter user — me, your fair reporter, Emily Zanotti — to commit "self-harm" in a critique of my recipe for the roasted side dish.
This is legitimately the most insane Twitter suspension I have ever heard of. My business partner, @JeremyDBoreing, was just suspended for 12 hours for this tweet. Why? Because it was supposedly "promoting or encouraging self-harm." IT'S A JOKE ABOUT BRUSSELS SPROUTS. WTF @jack pic.twitter.com/J60K5ZtxZm— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 3, 2019
The joke dates back several days, from an incident on Twitter in which I was trying to impress my followers with my mastery of roasting Brussels sprouts so that they are both delicious and appealing. Clearly not a fan of the tiny cabbage, Boreing responded that the only real way to cook Brussels sprouts was to sear them in a hot, cast iron pan, then toss them away and use the pan to sear one's own face off, "because even that would be better than Brussels sprouts."
For the record, I did not take my boss's suggestion to physically maim my face seriously, but someone apparently did, because they reported Boreing's tweet to the Twitter powers-that-be for "violence."
In their note, Twitter outlined their policy against "encouraging self-harm" and directed Boreing to their "safety center" where he could locate resources to help him deal with his negative, violent thoughts. The note ended with the missive, "please know that there are people out there who care about you, and that you are not alone."
Shapiro, also on Twitter, pointed out the obvious: that Twitter likely assumed Boreing's tweet was serious because of their political leanings and suspended him without any serious investigation.
Here's likely what happened: some motivated moron decided to flag the tweet and send it to Twitter, and Twitter, doing their typical bang-up job of banning conservatives before asking why, just hit the suspend button without a second thought.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 3, 2019
For me, I'm just happy that Twitter stepped in to prevent what surely would have been a spate of suicide attempts from people attempting to BURN OFF THEIR OWN FACES WITH FRYING PANS.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 3, 2019
For those who are considering suicide by hot frying pan after cooking brussels sprouts, remember -- you matter. Your life matters. Call the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 3, 2019
BTW, @TwitterSupport, if you want to save lives, you may want to fix this idiotic suspension quickly before we all die of laughter.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) January 3, 2019
As of publishing, Boreing is still suspended from his Twitter account. However, as Shapiro later pointed out, actress Ellen Barkin, who, late Tuesday, threatened comedian Louis C.K. with actual harm, appears to be in full control of her account on the social media platform. Nation of Islam leader and noted anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, who, just last month, called the Jewish people "termites" and threatened their "extermination," also apparently remains in full control of his Twitter account.
But The Daily Wire God-King is not, because of tiny cabbages.
By the way, Brussels sprouts are delicious when tossed with salt, pepper, granulated garlic, and olive oil, spread on a baking sheet, sprinkled with chunks of pancetta, and then roasted until golden brown (approximately 25 minutes at 425 degrees). Drizzle with Balsamic vinegar and serve.
UPDATE: He's back!
From Avalon-in-the-West, I have returned.— Jeremy Boreing (@JeremyDBoreing) January 3, 2019
Upon appeal, my joke about not eating leafy green vegetables was determined to be a joke about not eating leafy green vegetables. Thanks for the kindness, all. And thanks for the quick correction, @jack. Now, about that blue check mark... https://t.co/mFdJM6YOPf