Regardless of our individual opinions on organized religion, I think we can all agree no amount of nuanced commentary can be captured in 140 characters. Alas, Cher did not get that memo. (Er, tweet.) The singer and actress is now fielding accusations of bigotry against Mormons after she tweeted a comment on Thursday critical of Mitt Romney and his "magic underwear."
"I feel like if he doesn’t get all his ducks in a row we’ll b forced 2 listen 2 uncaring Richy Rich. The whitest man in MAGIC UNDERWEAR in the WH."
That "magic underwear" comment is a reference, of course, to temple garments, a type of underwear worn by Mormons inside their temples to serve as a symbolic reminder of their faith. "Temple garments," "garments," "celestial underwear," or "Mormon underwear" are all phrases used to describe the underclothes, but the phrase "magic underwear" is considered a derogatory.
In response, other Twitter users started slamming the performer — but the nuance of the fact she was making anti-Republican statements and the fact she made a crappy comment about someone else’s religion got lost in the muddle (as is wont to happen on Twitter). So when the singer retweeted some of the responses she got — "Sonny would roll over in his grave if he could see what you are tweeting" — with impassioned replies about how she’s just standing up for her beliefs, it seems as if she doesn’t actually understand what she did wrong. As of yet, Cher hasn’t apologized on Twitter or anywhere elsewhere for the "magic underwear" crack.
I love you, Cher. But this is exactly the reason some celebs do their tweeting through a publicist.