Ringo Starr’s Twitter hacked by Harry Styles-hater
BY KERI BLAKINGER
Monday, February 15, 2016
Ringo Starr's Twitter account appears to have been hacked Monday.
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You can’t buy Ringo Starr love — or safety from hackers.
On Monday the former Beatles drummer’s Twitter account appeared to have been hacked, although the suspicious tweets were later deleted.
BuzzFeedUK’s Jamie Ross noticed that Starr retweeted a 2015 tweet saying, “f--- the beatles.”
A few minutes later, Ross screenshotted a tweet that started a firestorm.
“Being honest here, @Harry_Styles was a bit smelly,” Starr’s account tweeted.
Some One Direction fans were pretty unhappy. One wrote in shouty caps, “NOW THAT YALL HACKED RINGO STARR EVERYBDOY IS GONNA ACTUALLY THINK HARRY SMELLS BAD. I HOPE HE SUES YALL FOR SPREADING LIES.”
Another disagreed, tweeting, “If anything Harry’s hair probably did stink so maybe Ringo Starr isn’t hacked.”
Some users seemed confused as to whether it was a hack, while others made fun of the hacker’s tweets.
Some users were amused by the apparent hack; others were not.
Although Starr seems to have regained control of the account, in the aftermath he retweeted user Mark Critch’s amused reaction to it: “@ringostarrmusic has been hacked & it may be the greatest moment in all of Twitter. Canada salutes you. Peace and love.”
That retweet was later deleted.
Others were not fooled. User Geoff Lloyd tweeted, “Happening now: Ringo Starr’s Twitter account has been hacked. The absence of the words ‘peace and love’ in every tweet is a giveaway.”
In the course of it all, the account named changed from Ringo Starr to #PeggleCrew and finally back to #RingoStarr.
During the apparent hack, Starr's account name was #PeggleCrew, but afterward it returned to #RingoStarr.
After he apparently regained control of the account, the drummer reset the profile picture to feature a shot of himself giving a peace sign and holding a sign that says, “Not Afraid.”