Insults follow Twitter users who ask, ‘Is Titanic real?’

13 Apr 2012

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Twitter users who tweeted they didn’t know Titanic was real – who believed its story was just a film plot instead – are being inundated with insults as a result of displaying ignorance on the subject.

RMS Titanic has been receiving a lot of attention of late, as this weekend marks the 100th anniversary of its sinking in the North Atlantic.

The ship, the most resplendent vessel of its time, had struck an iceberg while on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York, claiming the lives of 1,517 people, or 68pc of its crew and passengers, after it sank at 2.20am on 15 April 1912, according to Titanic Facts.

A century on, the story of one of the most significant disasters of the 20th century has resulted in books, articles, exhibits and films, most recently the re-release of James Cameron’s Titanic in 3D. It has also spawned tweets. Such as:

"Is it bad that I didn’t know the titanic was real? Always thought it was just a film."

"Holy Crap! Titanic is apparently Real!!"

"Wtf I never knew titanic was real :/ thought it was just another movie I haven’t yet seen…."

"Omfg this is so sad I grew up thinking that rose & jack in titanic was based on a true story fml can I cry now I thought they were real."

"I never knew titanic actually happened, thought it was just a film."

Then came the responses. "You’re kidding, right?" read one, and one Twitter user sent out a tweet asking people to stop sending her "nasty comments" after she was labelled "retarded and stupid", the Telegraph reported.

Other Twitter users expressed general disbelief over the tweets about Titanic‘s existence, with quite a few comments including the word that rhymes with ‘truckin’.’

"ive been seeing that people didnt know the titanic was real. all i can say to that is you are f—in stupid. beyond stupid to be honest."

"The amount of idiots that didn’t know that Titanic was real is shocking… "

"How is it that people didn’t know the #titanic was real??? Are people really that dumb?? Come on people."

"Bonding with the uits guy over the stupidity of people. Yes, the titanic is real"

"I’m ashamed of today’s youth. First they tweet ‘Who is Paul McCartney?’ now I just saw tweets of people realizing that the Titanic was real."

One Twitter user summed it all up: "Jack and Rose? They’re fiction. The Titanic IS a real ship, located at the bottom of the north Atlantic Ocean (also a REAL body of water)."

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Tina held senior editorial positions at daily newspapers in Ottawa and Toronto

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