Devin Nunes’ Parody Account, @DevinCow, Gains Over 632,000 Followers, More Than Congressman
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) sued Twitter last week for $250 million over the parody account @DavinCow, which now has more followers than he does.
Rep. Devin Nunes files $250 million defamation lawsuit against Twitter, two anonymous Twitter accounts https://t.co/XBrTVh5ybN
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) March 18, 2019
Parody accounts are a popular trope on Twitter. Notable ones like Larry The Cat and Cats Against Brexit, have used humor to satire politicians and voice their opinions.
The parody account @DevinCow was created in August 2017, apparently inspired by a dairy farm that Nunes owns, and it has been relentlessly making fun of him ever since.
Nunes sued Twitter on Tuesday for defamation and sought $250 million for the online mockery he’s been experiencing. Yet, Nunes’s actions have inadvertently made the online harassment much worse for him.
Andy Lassner, an executive producer of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, rallied defenders when news of the lawsuit broke, and tweeted this, “Let’s try and get DevinCow more followers than Devin Nunes.”
— andy lassner (@andylassner) March 19, 2019
The account DevinCow had only 1,200 followers on Monday, but when Nunes sued, the account rose in popularity and now has over 650,000 followers.
Lassner later tweeted a celebratory when DevinCow officially had more followers than Nunes.
“WE DID IT!! The cow that Devin Nunes is suing, officially has more twitter followers than he does!! Devin Nunes’ epic self own is now complete. Congratulations DevinCow! Thank you for reminding us all what a colossally pathetic putz Devin Nunes is.”
WE DID IT!!
The cow that @DevinNunes is suing officially has more twitter followers than he does!!
Devin Nunes’ epic self own is now complete.
Thank you for reminding us all what a colossally pathetic putz Devin Nunes is.#BeButter 🐄
— andy lassner (@andylassner) March 20, 2019
Nunes’s lawsuit will probably not go anywhere given the Constitutional rights Americans enjoy to mock their leaders.