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2.7.09

Has Twitter blocked Mrs Slocombe’s pussy? 


Above: When searching for the hashtag #MrsSlocombesPussy, Twitter refuses to give any results.

Ten to one comedienne is having a great laugh from Heaven.
   I have just discovered that every other search works on , just not one for a new hashtag, #MrsSlocombesPussy. The reason, says one Tweeter, is that this hashtag has been blocked.
   If this is true, then shame on Twitter: it is either down to ignorance (they do not know the cultural impact of ), xenophobia (American admins balking at British ), disrespect (to the memory of Mollie Sugden) or overreacting political correctness (everyone else outside Twitter HQ knows that this refers to Tiddles, Mrs Slocombe’s pet cat). Yes, we also know the meanings of pussy, but at least in the rest of the English-speaking world, double entendres are acceptable.
   As SensualStories, a fellow Tweeter, pointed out, it seems hypocritical for Twitter to block a mention of Mrs Slocombe’s pussy, yet they have allowed countless spammers to set up accounts continually, for weeks, under the name of Britney F***** Vids.
   Americans scared of the word pussy also balked at Honor Blackman’s character’s name in Goldfinger, Pussy Galore. That was in 1964. Not much has changed since then, even if American TV is fine with violence, gore and sex scenes.
   Just don’t say, ‘Pussy.’ You might annoy some computer geeks sitting at Twitter HQ who think f***ed is a perfectly acceptable word, but pussy is offensive.
   I say we keep Tweeting #MrsSlocombesPussy in Mollie’s memory, and to show the at Twitter and their double standards for our freedom of speech.

PS.: A further check reveals that one can still search for #pussy as a hashtag on Twitter, so this seems targeted unfairly at Ms Sugden by xenophobes.
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Im seeing the search results just fine, perhaps its just you?  
Hey Liz: I think they put it back after complaints overnight. There were quite a few Tweets about the block.  
Liz, still seeing nothing here. I can search for anything but #MrsSlocombesPussy, and judging by the conversations on Twitter, this seems to be quite widespread.  
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