Here’s a great example of why you should always think before you tweet. An Australian teen is facing criminal charges after sending out a badly worded tweet about a bomb at a Pink concert — but he was actually just referring to one of her songs.
The 16-year-old male was thrown out of Pink’s Sunday night (July 7) show at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne after tweeting, “@Pink I’m ready with my Bomb. Time to blowup #RodLaverArena B****.” Staff at the arena recognized the boy from his Twitter profile picture, and they ejected him from the concert. Police then arrested him, but he was released and is expected to be facing public nuisance charges. The teen’s name isn’t being released, as he is a minor.
Trying to set the record straight, the teen explained to media on Monday that his tweet — sent out after the concert was already delayed one hour — was actually a reference to Pink’s song, “Timebomb,” not an actual bomb threat. “It was meant to be about drop the effects, the music, everything — just drop it all,” he said. The tweet has since been deleted, but the ramifications are far from over for this teen.
His sister said their family was furious at her brother’s treatment by security guards at the venue. “We don’t think it should be going to court because of the way they handled him. They pulled him, they threw him on the ground and locked him up,” she told the Herald Sun. “We had to go there at midnight to sort it out and we thought we had to bail him, we thought he’d been killed, we didn’t know what to think … He didn’t mean it like that. He wrote it as in one of her songs is called ‘Timebomb’ and he forgot to put the ‘Time’ on there.”
Though the teen’s family took issue with the security guards’ treatment of the boy, they commended the police for how they handled the arrest. “They spoke to him, they fed him and someone was there making jokes with him,” the teen’s sister added. “They just thought he needed a kick in the bum and that’s all he really needed.”
The teen’s father agreed, adding that the possible criminal charges he is facing, including public nuisance, are excessive. “The policeman said to me, ‘If it was up to me, I would have booted him in the backside and said go home,'” his father told 3AW radio. “But they demanded he be arrested.”