Much Ado About a Variety Reporter’s Retweet

Here’s a great example of just how ridiculous it can get sometimes on Twitter.

It started Wednesday when Variety film reporter Jeff Sneider re-tweeted an Entertainment Weekly TCA article about Alex Trebek. Although the headline should have ideally spelled it “Lede,” the word was listed as “Lead:”

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Within a matter of minutes, movies.com contributor Scott Weinberg and Badass Digest reporter Devin Faraci were getting on Sneider’s case for spelling it “Lead.” Variety.com editor Chris Krewson jumped to his colleague’s defense and soon, the Twitter distraction was on:

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The back-and-forth petered out shortly thereafter, but think about this for a second: four entertainment journalists were suddenly thrown together at the end of a workday for an argument about some other schmuck’s headline!

P.S. For what it’s worth, we firmly believe that it should always be spelled lede.