Environmental Protection Agency accidentally tweets about Kim Kardashian game, hilarity ensues

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Kim Kardashian: Hollywood is pretty much everything wrong with mobile development, in a nutshell. A freemium game that invites users to waste ungodly amounts of money on stupid in-app purchases, the game is on track to make $200 million this year alone.

But it does have its fans. For example. the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Office Of Water, which sent out a tweet Monday night telling everyone that it had reached the status of “C-List Celebrity” in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.

Although the tweet has since been deleted, it originally read: “I’m now a C-List celebrity in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. Come join me and become famous too by playing on iPhone!”

The EPA’s Office Of Water is usually charged to make sure that our drinking water is safe, not endorsing freemium iPhone titles.

The game’s savvy developers, Glu Games, at least got a kick out of it.

Politicians, though, were less amused:

It’s pretty clear that whoever is in charge of managing the EPA Office of Water’s Twitter account hit a button she wasn’t supposed to, and it was all a harmless accident. But man, I’ve got to tell you, I’m not exactly thrilled that someone in charge with our drinking water is playing a Kim Kardashian game.

  • dcj001

    “It’s pretty clear that whoever is in charge of managing the EPA Office of Water’s Twitter account hit a button she wasn’t supposed to”

    Why do you assume that the idiot who posted this on Twitter is female?

    • Jeff Maxwell

      Beyond the game’s obvious attempt to court women and girls, the EPA also happens to be one of the few federal agencies with a predominantly female workforce. Therefore, statistically, it was more likely a woman than a man.

      Beyond statistical probabilities, the English language simply lacks a universal 3rd person pronoun. Writers routinely have to select either “he” or “she” in order to make grammatically correct sentences. So why don’t you climb back on your high horse and ride it back home.

      • http://www.youtube.com/tangentslp Alex Kunzelmann

        “Beyond statistical probabilities, the English language simply lacks a universal 3rd person pronoun. Writers routinely have to select either “he” or “she” in order to make grammatically correct sentences.”

        Writers do have it tough. Whatever will THEY do without these mythical words?

      • Jeff Maxwell

        Douché.

        However, “they” is only appropriate in a plural context. It was not multiple people who hit the send button in this case.

        Is this really something people want to argue about? Really?

      • bye

        “only appropriate in a plural context” smells like transphobia. somebody get some air freshener because das nastee

  • Guest

    Beyond the game’s obvious attempt to court women and girls, the EPA also happens to be one of the few federal agencies with a predominantly female workforce. Therefore, statistically, it was more likely a woman than a man.

    Beyond statistical probabilities, the English language simply lacks a universal 3rd person pronoun. Writers routinely have to select either “he” or “she” in order to make grammatically correct sentences. So why don’t you climb back on your high horse and ride it somewhere else.

    • bye

      git ur nasty ass transphobia away from the internet and go kiss laverne cox’s boots like the pleb you are

  • exodus_honey

    *fixed* “It’s pretty clear that whoever is in charge of managing the EPA Office of Water’s Twitter account hit a button [they weren’t] supposed to…”

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