- 2.04.11 - 8:00AM
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- Jay Hathaway
Kenneth Cole Exploits Egypt to Hawk Shoes, Inspires Parody Twitter Account
Fashion designer Kenneth Cole caught flack on Thursday for posting a tweet that makes light of the current situation in Egypt to promote his latest collection. The offending tweet read, "Millions are in uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available online at http://bit.ly/KCairo -KC."
It seems unlikely that many Egyptians were aware of Cole's spring line, considering that they've been without internet access for days, and they've been a little bit busy fighting their own police force and protecting the Library of Alexandria with a human shield. Cole was immediately called out by bloggers and media outlets for "hashtag abuse," because he exploited the understandably popular #cairo hashtag to score a bigger Twitter audience for his shoes.
Cole apologized for this violation of Twitter etiquette and good taste, but not before he'd garnered a scathing parody Twitter account, @kennethcolepr. It follows in the footsteps of the legendary @BPglobalPR, the fake Twitter account that skewered BP during the 2010 Gulf oil spill. So far, @kennethcolePR has amassed around 6,000 followers in one day of tweeting.
Check out a few of the best, most offensive tweets from this parody account below.
Did a Jihadist blow up ur luggage while u were traveling in India? Head over to my store and Mumbai a whole new wardrobe! #KennethColeTweets
"People from New Orleans are flooding into Kenneth Cole stores!" #KennethColeTweets
Locked in Charlie Sheen's closet? Tweet how many pairs of Coles he has! #KennethColeTweets
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