Writer quits parody Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod
The TV writer and producer behind the popular Twitter parody account @TheTweetOfGod said that "God is leaving Twitter," in an interview on public radio.
David Javerbaum, who worked on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart for 11 years, said the account with nearly 2.3 million followers had "been taking up too much of my time and energy and mental agility."
"I have other things that I want to do in my life and I just have to, at a certain point, just cut that cord," Javerbaum said in an interview on The Frame on Southern California Public Radio.
Javerbaum began the account in 2010 as an accompaniment to his book, The Last Testament: A Memoir By God, and then adapted the book and Twitter account into a play, An Act of God, which premiered on Broadway in May.
The last tweet that Javerbaum wrote on the account was a single word — "Justice" — on the day Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died.
A day later, the Twitter account got hacked and, among other things, urged followers to vote for Donald Trump.
Yeah, god's been hacked. SMH <a href="https://t.co/JjEjLTup9S">pic.twitter.com/JjEjLTup9S</a>—@PhyllisCopeland
"There were a number of obscene messages put up there briefly and then removed. There was a pornographic picture of Garfield. I just have to move on," Javerbaum said.
He said that the Twitter exit of British actor Stephen Fry was another trigger for shutting down @TheTweetOfGod.
Over the years, Javerbaum wrote more than 10,000 tweets in the voice of the deity.
U.S. Republicans were a frequent target of the account's often profane jokes. In response to Sarah Palin's willingness to run for office again "if that door was opened," @TheTweetOfGood wrote simply:
It's shut. <a href="https://t.co/4G6bKCsfQq">https://t.co/4G6bKCsfQq</a>—@TheTweetOfGod
A month ago, Palin was again a target
If it’s Trump/Palin I’m coming down there.—@TheTweetOfGod
One of the account's most popular posts was this tribute to David Bowie
David Bowie was the God I always wanted to be.—@TheTweetOfGod
And two years ago, a set of 10 new commandments got close to 25,000 retweets
THE NEW 10 COMMANDMENTS<br><br>1 Laugh. <br>2 Read.<br>3 Say please.<br>4 Floss.<br>5 Doubt.<br>6 Exercise.<br>7 Learn.<br>8 Don't hate.<br>9 Cut the bullshit. <br>10 Chill.—@TheTweetOfGod