Today is a dark day: the fake Rosie DiManno Twitter account (@RosieDiManno) is no more. Star cohort Antonia Zerbisias figured out its lack of verisimilitude a while ago, though those who didn’t would be forgiven; DiManno, after all, is pretty much always verging on unintended self-parody anyway. Still, the Star‘s worst writer seemingly wasn’t the reason that the joke died over the weekend—her bosses were. The Star‘s Marissa Nelson, the senior editor of digital news, publically called out the account as fake on Friday, calling it “fake / squatter” and asking the Twitter gods to “plz remove immediately.”
As if anticipating trouble for his partner-in-fake-arms, the fake Peter Mansbridge account (somehow still alive, despite 1,325 followers) praised not DiManno but the perp behind her account one final time. “In a sea of half-cocked twaliases and glib impersonations,” he tweeted, “you are a shining light of authenticity and journalistic integrity.”
The DiManno account disappeared soon after.
You can peruse a few of the mourners here. Our favourite quip so far comes from Jordan Claire, who tweeted, to DiManno’s disabled account: “I am sorry to hear you have been fornicated to death.” Really, it’s no way to go.
Hat tip to Marc Weisblott.