On Wednesday, The Tonight Show had a segment featuring William Shatner dramatically reading what were supposedly tweets from Levi Johnston. Conan assured us that the tweets were “real” and that “we didn’t make them up.” The result was hilarious. (The Washington Post has a web series called Twits, which involves dramatic readings of celebrity tweets that you might want to check out if you think this is funny.) The only problem is that Shatner was reading from a non-verified Twitter account that Levi has nothing to do with. The tweets were so damn funny because someone was mocking Levi with a fake account.
Levi isn’t too pleased with this, and says through his lawyer that the Twitter account is definitely not his. It doesn’t sound like they’re going to take action against the Tonight Show, though, and they say their first step is trying to get Twitter to shut down the account, LeviJohnston05.
Rex Butler — Levi’s lawyer — tells TMZ the Alaskan is demanding a retraction from NBC. What really pisses Butler off … before Shatner’s dramatic reading of Levi’s putative Twitter page, Conan said: “All real … we did not make these up.”
Butler says the Twitter page is NOT Levi’s and that, “We are in the process of dealing with Twitter first. I think they have an obligation once something like this happens to make some kind of corrective measure.”
Among the Tweets that were read poetry-style by Shatner … “Anybody know where I can get some good weed” and “Whats the deal with the taxi drivers not speaking English, is there a law against it?”
So far, not a tweet from NBC.
At least they’re not suing the Tonight Show or anything and they don’t sound all bent out of shape about it. Levi’s lawyer also made a statement to E! Online in which he said “I’ve sent an email to Twitter because they need to step up and take care of business. Then we’ll deal with The Tonight Show. First thing’s first.” They’re probably just looking for a correction and apology.
Meanwhile Johnston will be honored at a awards ceremony next week put on by the website Fleshbot (NSFW!). He’s going to be given the award for “Crossover Star.” Fleshbot editor Lux Alptraum told E! “it’s quite a transition to go from being the future son-in-law of the Republican vice presidential nominee to someone who is modeling in a nudie magazine that’s marketed toward gay men.” We definitely could not have said it better ourselves.
Johnston is shown on 6/10/09 below. Credit: GARRY SUN/bauergriffinonline.com