Americans confused by Mrs Slocombe’s pussy

It’s always said that Americans don’t do irony. Neither, it seems, do they do innuendo.

The news of Mollie Sugden’s death has propelled the hashtag #MrsSlocombesPussy to the top of trending topics, only for Twitter to ban it and Mashable and TechCrunch to rage against Twitter spam, and subsequently display a total lack of humour about the issue.

TechCrunch:

“Still amazes me how stuff like that gets in the top list of trending topics. It shouldn’t.”

So, the Brits like smut – and Are You Being Served was gloriusly stupid, hilarious smut – and the Americans are humourless nerds. Who knew?

But the unlikely, and rather sweet, phenomenon does highlight a growing issue on Twitter – the explosion of spam followers and hashtag spam.

The fact that it was initially assumed to be more spam speaks as much of the problems Twitter is experiencing as of the typically myopic and pompous worldview of US geeks.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go and stroke my cock.

EDIT: For any passing Americans, or others generally baffled by today’s events, here are some cracking pussy gags.

  • Ok, I’ll try once more. I’m not an American humourless nerd. I’m a Belgian humourless nerd 🙂

  • You have a pet rooster? Sweet! A few weeks ago my housemate got a chicken from a farmer, and she is more lovely than a parakeet. Drumstick (that’s her name) doesn’t let me stroke her on the back of her neck, but you can easily stroke her on her breast. But roosters always tend to be a bit more, eh, cocky.

  • Robin – apologies. You are clearly neither American nor humourless!

    Johan – don’t get me started.

  • This topic has entertained me all day, The backlash against so-called “spam” and the back-backlash from those of us that understood the joke or had the sense to find out what it was all about.

  • davequinn88

    I appreciate that TechCrunch might not have understood the British pop culture reference but they might have typed it into Google if they we curious (the first entry is a YouTube clip). Good to see they’ve since retracted their character assassination against Mrs Slocombe’s fluffy vagina. Sorry, cat.

  • Jack Yan

    What is interesting is Twitter itself, in my opinion, rather than Robin’s initial reaction to the hashtag. They seem AOK with the f word, even usernames featuring it, but not pussy?