Fort Worth Councilman Joel Burns Wins Twitter Feud with The Weather Channel

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Joel Burns probably isn't the only person in Fort Worth irritated that The Weather Channel's app shows pictures of Dallas when it delivers forecasts for Cowtown. But the soon-to-be-former Fort Worth City Councilman, whose 2010 "It Gets Better" speech went viral, is the only one to merit a bitchy response on Twitter.

Burns fired the first shot this morning, warning his 8,900 followers that he's on the verge of abandoning the app:

Rather than ignore Burns or, better yet, address his concerns, The Weather Channel's soon-to-be-former social media rep opted for the cheap shot:

Burns, who has spent the morning retweeting people making the point that The Weather Channel's reply sure was dickish, also took a moment to challenge the station to donate $100,000 to The Trevor Project, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing suicide among LGBT youth.

The Weather Channel hasn't ponied up the cash, but it has issued an apology.

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15 comments
Oxtail
Oxtail

I'm glad to see that Fort Worth is coming out as a Metroplexual.

iwearblack
iwearblack

Hehehe... That was awesome! Like anyone cares what anyone on the Fort Worth City Counsel has to say anyway... And if you're offended by this, don't worry, it gets better...

AdamsonScott
AdamsonScott

I didn't read their reply as snarky - it was supportive.  It's the councilman who read it the wrong way.

Izabela-Artist-Designer
Izabela-Artist-Designer

Wow! That video just crushed me.  And to think that this is still happening to so many kids.

The problem isn't the kids, the problem is that the school allows this kind of actions and attitudes at school.  I know a 14 year old who was being bullied right in front of the teachers and they did squat.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

More like it was wc's to lose. They jumped the snark and bit it. Dumb.

The dangers of knee jerk replies..

Americano
Americano

The "new improved" app sucks, and not because of the pictures.  You can't add your own pics and the Social Weather Report is a step backwards as opposed to that new thing called RADAR!

Vinny-n-Dallas
Vinny-n-Dallas

Please..the Weather Channel always shows great skyline pictures of big cities. And Mr. Burns, face it...Fort Worth has one shitty-ass  skyline. So what if they choose a Dallas pic. I can't blame em.   This is what you choose to wage war against?  I hate Twitter.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Partly bitchy with a good chance for a snarknado. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

No-one wins in these horrible twitter wars, and as usual, women, children, minorities and gays are hit the hardest.

I blame Jim Cantore, who I believe is bald, and like Rush Limbaugh, smokes cigars.

#endendlesswar

xyzzybaluba
xyzzybaluba

@Vinny-n-Dallas  Debbie does Dallas - the rest of us stay away from the crime ridden city that is the VD of Texas!


ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  I think Jim Cantore smoke pole,  I mean what else is he going to do with his camerman on the those lonely powerless nights in the middle of storm chasing season

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin

Maybe it's a camerawoman.

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