New Zealand-born TV
personality Charlotte Dawson has landed herself in Twitter
trouble in Australia after a post she wrote was
misinterpreted as a death threat.
A regular on Australian television, most recently she's been
recruited on The Celebrity Apprentice and her online
presence is certainly felt on Twitter. But this week Dawson
found out the hard way how sarcasm doesn't always translate
In the middle of a Twitter conversation about fashion
bloggers, Dawson wrote, jokingly she insists: ''Somebody
please kill 'Brian boy' [sic] ... Please please please.''
She was referring to Bryan Grey-Yambao, a Filipino fashion
blogger (pseudonym: Bryanboy), who was in town for Fashion
Dawson then insulted a few other bloggers (including calling
one ''custard flinging bats**t crazy'').
Grey-Yambao said he was terrified of Dawson and would contact
"Can't wait to get out of here. So scary. My Aussie trip was
fine until this scary person said things.''
The Sydney Morning Herald pointed out the ''scared''
Bryanboy also tweeted photos of his dinner at high-end Sydney
eatery Otto, and then a trip on a yacht.
Dawson laughed off the reaction.
''It's mostly very funny, but people are making serious
accusations as well," the paper reported. ''And I'm
considering what to do about that.''
Grey-Yambao had yet to file a formal police complaint, saying
he was going to contact his agent and lawyer first.
''Charlotte, as a television host, should be responsible for
what she's putting out there for the public to see, whether
she is joking or not."
- By Nicky Park of nzherald.co.nz