Like a feeding frenzy in which the sharks start biting each other, a Tweet from the official account of Johns Hopkins University prompted groans and mockery Friday…including from another Hopkins Twitter feed.
It all went down something like this: a message from @JohnsHopkins encouraged visitors to Artscape 2015 to come to the university’s stage this weekend to hear “fleek bands and sick DJ beatz,” two things with which the author of this post is admittedly unfamiliar.
The apparently tongue-in-cheek attempt to sound young, hip and with-it was met with eye-rolling scorn from (a few) members of the Twitterverse, including the university’s own Bloomberg School of Public Health:
— JHU Public Health (@JohnsHopkinsSPH) July 17, 2015
More shade was thrown by a well-known Baltimore figure:
— Man Woman Statue (@manwomanstatue) July 17, 2015
As well as these folks:
— Kevin Cross (@TheBrownWord) July 17, 2015
And @JohnsHopkins was forced to go on the (mildly) defensive:
Ok, that on fleek tweet was all in good fun. Just relax. We’ll get back to tweeting serious academic wisdom in a few. #artscape2015
— Johns Hopkins (@JohnsHopkins) July 17, 2015
But the initial salvo was not without its defenders:
— Brian Schultz (@SwankyDotCom) July 17, 2015
The ruckus seemed to have died down about an hour later, but The Daily Record will be closely monitoring the situation for further developments.