Good going, Internet. This morning, poor Kirstie Alley had to deal with a barrage of tweets calling her out for being involved in the political scandal surrounding New Jersey Governor Chris Christie known as “Bridgegate.”
Now, just to be clear: Kirstie Alley is an actress. The “Christie ally,” as the New York Times first referred to him—i.e. an ally of Chris Christie—is David Wildstein, the former director of interstate capital projects at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as well as an associate to the governor.
People got confused anyway:
That confusion led to Kirstie Alley—that’s K-I-R-S-T-I-E A-L-L-E-Y—becoming a trending topic on Twitter, which eventually led to Alley herself tweeting this response…
…and directly tweeting at both the Times and a Twitter user who rewrote the headline and attached her picture:
The Alley/Ally hoopla even reached Times headquarters, as editors reworded the headline on the original story to read “Ally of Christie.” (It’s been changed again as the story is still developing, but the URL still reads “Christie Ally.”) The Times also posted an update to reiterate the fact that, no, Kirstie Alley, “an extremely unexpected player,” had no part in the bridge scandal.
“Any paparazzi heading to the federal courthouse in Newark might want to turn around,” Times metro reporter Andy Newman wrote in the update. “Unless they’ll settle for a photo of David Wildstein, the Christie ally in question.”
Unfortunately, the Times’ valiant efforts to rephrase the headline haven’t helped. Alley just posted another tweet begging for the attention to stop:
In other words, the flow of traffic to Kirstie Alley’s Twitter mentions is getting, ahem, a tad congested.