He Will Tweet 4 U: How Prince Proved He Has a Sense of Humor
For a while, tweeters and Purple Rain fans had nothing more than the the hilarious and surprisingly accurate parody account of the artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as Prince that locked in the appropriate handle PrinceTweets2U. But on August 13, the account for Prince's band 3rd Eye Girl was blessed with the presence of the legend. Every day since has been a dream. Prince's Twitter account is so good, so self-aware, it's almost hard to believe it's real.
Prince has always been ripe for parody--he's an eccentric rock 'n' roll artist who wears ruffled shirts, has changed his name to nothing more than an unpronounceable symbol, used this as an album cover. He's larger than life and has a personality as bold and brazen as his music. From Dave Chappelle on The Chappelle Show to Fred Armisen on SNL, the Prince the Character has provided material for some of the best comedic moments on television.
With such a force of personality, it's exciting to see the performer be as self-aware as he has proven to be in his first few days of Twitter. After two introductory "test tweets" that merely announced his presence on the site, followers became pretty skeptical after a third tweet included a pretty ridiculous picture of his peppered-up dinner.
PRINCE'S 3RD TWEET: DID EYE ADD 2 MUCH PEPPER? pic.twitter.com/3jfe3rb41g— PRINCE 3RDEYEGIRL (@3rdeyegirl) August 14, 2013
Adding on to the wariness, his fourth tweet and second TwitPic proved to be even more unreal.
It almost seemed as if the genius behind PrinceTweets2U had gained control of the 3rdeyegirl account and decided to have some fun, especially since the graphic seems ripped right from some of the parody accounts best and most minimal tweets.
i am prince hello how r u— Prince (@PrinceTweets2U) July 1, 2013
Soon after his debut Prince was verified and started to have some real fun after dipping into his probably exploding @replies, retweeting fans, and even responding to some. Even hip-hop's most mutually supportive queen Missy Elliot was shown some retweet love after giving him a shout out.
Prince even got around to interacting with other artists and posed an important question to Jay Z about the availability of Barclays.
mr.carter... @S_C_ when can we use ur building 4 Seven nights?! We promise 2 clean up after.— PRINCE 3RDEYEGIRL (@3rdeyegirl) August 15, 2013
With that, a million fans melted into a puddle of performance possibilities from the mere thought of a week long residence for the artist at the new arena.