Sunday, March 3, 2024

Ed Sheeran Jousts with Social Media After “Game of Thrones,” Archives Twitter Account, Stays on Instagram


Ed Sheeran caused a commotion on the internet Tuesday. It seemed like he pulled off social media by shutting down his Twitter account. Did he have a thin skin after his “Game of Thrones” appearance instigated lots of crazy comments by trolls? Maybe.

But Sheeran’s account is back, with a proviso: he’s not using that account anymore, but has directed everyone to Instagram. Why? Who knows? Anyway, on Instagram, he’s got photos from “Thrones” with thousands and thousands of comments good and bad.

Even so social media has its ups and downs. Sheeran’s Instagram account is called @teddysphotos. Unfortunately, no one from his camp set up a Twitter account with that handle, so some smart Alec has jumped into the fray and started one for him with that name. Nature abhors a vacuum, you know.

The “Thrones” deluge has not deterred Sheeran from from more TV appearance.  He’s announced an appearance on “The Simpsons” for this fall.

And just in case you were wondering, Sheeran gets the last laugh. His “Divide” album has sold 750,000 copies including paid downloads, streaming aside.  The album is set to win the Grammy for Album of the Year, and he’s likely to get either Record of the Year or Song of the Year for “Castle on the Hill.” His “Shape of You” might have more trouble because of its authorship issues.

But either way, Ed Sheeran is going to be Prince of the Grammys. Snarky comments will be irrelevant. Living well is the best revenge as photos from his vacation with a beautiful girl bear out!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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