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Twitter Goes Nuts for Footballers' Wives Sleuthing Drama, And To Be Honest, It Is Dynamite

By Petr Navovy | Social Media | October 9, 2019 |

By Petr Navovy | Social Media | October 9, 2019 |


Here’s what you need to know.

Colleen Rooney is the online influencer—or as Wiki defines it, ‘product endorser’; which, well, why the hell haven’t we all adopted that term instead—who first found fame as the partner of English footballer Wayne Rooney.

Rebekah Vardy is a former nightclub promoter and now wife of Jamie Vardy—another English footballer, this one currently playing for the national team.

It’s a bit of a sexist framing, that ‘wives and girlfriends’ stuff, to say the least, but we’ve stuck with it in the headline for ease of translation across the pond.

And so, with that out the way, let’s get to the meat of the story.

In the midst of the never-ending chaotic churn of Brexit, in the heat of all the exhaustion and despair, British Twitter has been crying out for an oasis of relatively light relief—and it has found it in the shape of a story that Colleen Rooney posted this morning, in which she detailed a bit of amateur sleuthing that she did in order to find out who had been leaking her private Instagram information to that exploded racist nightclub toilet of a newspaper, The S*n. What I like about most of Twitter’s reaction is that it doesn’t seem to revel in the cruelty visited upon Rooney, but rather in her ingenuity and dramatic storytelling. And, I mean, this story isn’t exactly in my usual wheelhouse, but really, it is something to behold. So here we go.

Here’s the original story from Rooney:

And here’s British Twitter’s total immersion in it:

For her part, Vardy responded:

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