1Billy Eichner vs. Meghan McCain
We at Oddee are making a bold prediction for 2017 and beyond—99% of Twitter beefs going forward will be directly, and indirectly, related to President-elect Donald Trump. The social media site is, and will likely remain, Trump's primary source of communicating with the American public.
At the 2017 Golden Globes, Meryl Streep preached for a more empathic world, and without naming names, took down the incoming president for making fun of a disabled journalist. Her moving speech is now the subject of a Twitter war between comedian Billy Eichner and Fox News host Meghan McCain. The online feud started when Meghan (Senator John McCain's daughter) wrote, “This Meryl speech is why [Donald] Trump won. And if you people in Hollywood don't start recognizing why and how—you will help get him re-elected.”
The Billy On The Street actor retaliated with, “She asked him not to make fun of disabled people and advocated for the freedom of the press and the arts you fucking moron.”
McCain replied, “Calling Republicans like me ‘fucking morons' is a great way for Hollywood to bridge the cultural divide. Enjoy your bubble.”
Eichner retorted, “I rather live in a bubble than live with people who don't feel a need to respect the disabled, freedom of speech & the arts!!”
McCain stopped replying, but Eichner mentioned John McCain in an additional tweet: “Oh & another message from my bubble: can u ask dad to give back the MILLIONS he's received from the NRA? MERYL F—ING STREEP!” He then wrote several follow-up tweets: “Love being told I live in a bubble by the daughter of a millionaire politician who sometimes co-hosts Hoda and Kathie Lee. And I have no desire to ‘bridge the cultural divide' with ignorant voters who don't respect other cultures!"
2Animal biologists vs. each other
In comparison to the other entries on this list, a relatively tame Twitter war has unfolded over which animal has the coolest spots.
Spots are a common trait among creatures of the land, sea and sky; of scale, feather and fur. And while there's no real way to decide a winner here, as beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all, this Twitter beef gives us an excuse to look at a bunch of gorgeous animal photographs. (#bestspots if you're interested in exploring more.)
— James Petruzzi (@Hawaiianimages) December 19, 2016
— M. Sid Kelly (@MSidKelly) December 20, 2016
— Bird and Moon (@RosemaryMosco) December 20, 2016
3Arnold Schwarzenegger vs. Donald Trump
Two political heavyweights duke it out on Twitter over—television ratings?
Yes, it's all too true. Former Celebrity Apprentice host and President-elect Donald Trump got into a Twitter beef with the current host and former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, over a 43% fall in the 18-to-49-year-old audience share for the show.
"Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got 'swamped' (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT," tweeted Trump, who controversially retains an executive producer credit on the reality show (and apparently speaks about himself in the third person). "So much for being a movie star—and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1," he added.
Schwarzenegger, a Republican who said he did not vote for Trump, responded swiftly: "I wish you the best of luck, and I hope you'll work for ALL of the American people as aggressively as you worked for your ratings." He then asked Trump to study a quote from Lincoln's inaugural address in 1861 about bringing Americans together, saying he hoped it would serve as an inspiration.
4Thomas the Tank Engine vs. Himself
Two parody Thomas the Tank Engine accounts threw down on Twitter in 2016 over accusations of plagiarism.
In the left corner, we've got @Thomas_Reacts — a Twitter account that uses images of Thomas the Tank Engine to play off modern, everyday problems and situations. In the right corner, the similarly-named @ThomasReacts_ — another account that uses images of Thomas the Tank Engine to do, well, pretty much the same thing.
@Thomas_Reacts accused @ThomasReacts_ of stealing its tweets and all Twitter-hell broke loose:
@ThomasReacts_ Wonder where you got that idea from...
— Thomas Reactions (@Thomas_Reacts) February 22, 2016
@Thomas_Reacts then started trolling @ThomasReacts_, who deleted its side of the argument fairly quickly, but the former refused to back down:
— Nick Walker (@nickw84) February 22, 2016
Eventually, Buzzfeed's Alan White stepped in to mediate—he appears to have been successful as the Tank Engine's accounts have since backed off each other. (Hey, we're as confused by the whole thing as anybody!)
5Israel vs. Pakistan
Fake news, once again, causes real trouble, and prompted the defense minister of Pakistan to threaten to go nuclear.
Khawaja Muhammad Asif wrote a saber-rattling Twitter post directed at Israel in December 2016 after reading a false report that Israel had threatened Pakistan with nuclear weapons. “Israeli def min threatens nuclear retaliation presuming pak role in Syria against Daesh,” the minister wrote on his official Twitter account, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State. “Israel forgets Pakistan is a Nuclear state too.”
The fake story, with the typo-laden headline “Israeli Defense Minister: If Pakistan send ground troops to Syria on any pretext, we will destroy this country with a nuclear attack,” made the rounds on the web, alongside articles with headlines like “Clinton is staging a military coup against Trump.”
The Israeli Defense Ministry tweeted to say the report was fictitious. “The statement attributed to fmr Def Min Yaalon re Pakistan was never said,” the ministry wrote in Twitter post directed at Mr. Asif. It added in a second post: "Reports referred to by the Pakistani Def Min are entirely false.”
6Former Mexican President Vicente Fox vs. Donald Trump
In January 2017, an extremely pissed off former president of Mexico, Vicente Fox, challenged President-elect Donald Trump on his border wall, without any bricks being laid.
Trump back-pedaled on a campaign promise announced he would ask Congress—not Mexico—to pay for his proposed border wall between the two countries. Of course, there was backlash from everywhere—so much so that Trump later clarified himself in a tweet saying: "The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later."
The following day, Fox clapped back at the Trump, saying that Mexico will not be financially responsible for the wall: "TRUMP, when will you understand that I am not paying for that fucken wall. Be clear with US taxpayers. They will pay for it."
As far back as February 2016, Fox dropped an f-bomb on live TV to underscore that Mexico wouldn't pay for the wall. Since then, he's continued taking pot shots at Trump, including mocking his foreign-made ties.
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) May 6, 2016
7Smash Mouth vs. The Oakland A's
A Twitter beef between 90s hitmakers Smash Mouth and the Oakland A's started during Game 3 of the World Series in 2016 between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs.
Coco Crisp, the outfielder who was traded from Oakland to Cleveland, drove in the game's only run with a pinch-hit single in the top of the seventh inning. John Shea, a baseball columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, recalled that, shortly before the trade, Crisp feuded with the A's management over playing time, which he believed had less to do with his ability than a provision in his contract that guaranteed money based on games played.
“Coco Crisp goes from accusing A's of benching him to prevent $13M option from vesting to hitting key RBI single for Indians in World Series,” Shea tweeted. Smash Mouth chimed in, “The A's are a joke, good for CC!”
The person running the A's' Twitter account didn't take kindly to their team being called a “joke” by a band that hasn't had a hit single since their made-for-Shrek cover of the Monkees‘ “I'm a Believer” reached No. 25 in 2001.
“Insulted by Smash Mouth? #Pfft,” they tweeted, accompanied by a GIF of shortstop Marcus Semien laughing in the dugout, later adding, “Up late desperately tweeting for relevancy? Hey now, that's not very All-Star of you.” ("All Star" was a hit for the band in 1999.) The war of words continued from there, with the A's social media manager using Smash Mouth song titles to get his point across:
@Athletics You guys made ZERO key additions last off season. Same this off-season? You have great fans,come on give them something!
— Smash Mouth (@smashmouth) October 29, 2016
— Sean Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) October 29, 2016
8Sweden vs. Denmark
Years ago, Sweden and Denmark waged war against each other with rifles and cannons. Today, their battles are waged on Twitter.
Sweden seems to have started the latest scuffle, with a tweet about wall-to-wall carpeting.
Next time you meet a Swede, suggest they install wall-to-wall carpeting at home and see what happens. pic.twitter.com/RjzM1blfrA
— Sweden.se (@swedense) July 7, 2016
Denmark agreed—it, too, was not fond of garish decorating trends—but Sweden still seemed to want a fight:
. @denmarkdotdk Another thing we don't have in common is that our lakes are the size of your country.
— Sweden.se (@swedense) July 7, 2016
Denmark then responded with a tweet poking fun at Sweden's love of rules:
Did you know that everything that is not forbidden in @swedense, is mandatory?
— Denmark.dk (@denmarkdotdk) July 7, 2016
A friendly exchange followed, with everything from moose to alcohol to sperm banks being used as cannon fodder.
The skirmish between the two countries was all in good fun, and no lives were lost. The Danish account is managed by the Foreign Ministry while Sweden's Twitter presence is curated by the Swedish Institute, a government agency.
9Wendy's vs. an Internet Troll
A U.S. fast food chain's social media manager doesn't mess around when it comes to defending the restaurant's fresh-never-frozen beef.
Wendy's posted a tweet about how it only uses fresh beef for its burger patties, writing "our beef is way too cool to ever be frozen." A user named @NHride responded the tweet, accusing Wendy's of using frozen meat and calling the company "a joke." The chain responded, saying the company has used fresh beef at its restaurants since it was founded in 1969. The exchange continued with @NHride asking if Wendy's delivered its meat on a hot truck to its locations:
@NHride Where do you store cold things that aren't frozen?
— Wendy's (@Wendys) January 2, 2017
The troll did not answer the question directly, but instead replied that Wendy's should "give up" and that McDonald's was a better chain because it has better breakfast.
Wendy's once again, shot him down, saying:
@NHride You don't have to bring them into this just because you forgot refrigerators existed for a second there.
— Wendy's (@Wendys) January 2, 2017
The company received praise from all over social media, and even a few customers, for its sassy comebacks.
10Panda Express vs. The Killers
Las Vegas hitmakers The Killers have asked U.S. fast food chain Panda Express for free orange chicken for life after discovering one of their song titles in a fortune cookie.
The band shared a picture on Twitter of a fortune found in a Panda Express cookie. It reads “SMILE LIKE YOU MEAN IT," the title of the band's hit single from 2004.
“I'm thinkin' orange chicken for life, and we'll let you off the hook for using our stuff,” they tweeted.
Panda Express has since indirectly replied to the band's demands, writing: “When it comes to #OrangeChickenLove, we always mean it.”
But do they? Will the band get what they want? As this is the beginning of this particular beef, we'll have to let you know.