No, Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat was not attacked by Cybermen whose credo is the term “delete.” He really did delete his Twitter account of his own volition.

Moffat, like many in the entertainment industry, has struggled to find the right tone on social media. When and how do you respond to and engage fans? How do you recognize a troll vs. someone who is not the most diplomatic in their 140 limited character message? Do you even take trolling comments on? These are all questions for which there is no right answer.

Moffat has had his ups and downs with social media. At one point, Moffat used Twitter to combat accusations of misogyny when comments from a decade-old interview were taken out of context. On the other hand, Moffat has also been accused of being overly sensitive to constructive criticism and mistaking it for rudeness. An exchange over the background of River Song being bisexual revealed the writer’s testy side.

Fans first noticed that the account had gone missing in the wee hours last night when they attempted to reference Moffat’s account in their tweets about the latest episode, “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.” Speculation abounded that Moffat deleted the account because of heaps of negative commentary from fans. Despite the fact that Doctor Who is the most successful show in the U.K. today and was the number one downloaded show on iTunes in America in 2011, each week, Moffat is known to get heaps of insulting tweets from fans telling him that he has failed as the showrunner. He has commented in various interviews that if he listened to Twitter, he would be led to believe that he couldn’t write at all, and has urged cast members to stay off the Internet reading about themselves because the commentary can be brutal.

Sue Vertue, Steven Moffat’s wife and at times creative partner, commented on her own Twitter. She alludes to the medium being a distraction.

Though, the Steven Moffat Twitter is currently gone, those belonging to Caroline Skinner (executive producer), Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, and various other cast members are still intact.

Will you miss Steven Moffat on Twitter?

The News

Quentin Tarantino says he knew about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior: ‘I knew enough to do more than I did’

In a new interview with The New York Times, director Quentin Tarantino — whose films have largely been distributed by The Weinstein Company — admits he knew how Harvey Weinstein treated women.

Earlier this month The Times and The New Yorker published bombshell reports revealing horrific behavior by TWC founder Harvey Weinstein. The reports — and the revelations that came in the days after — rocked Hollywood.

Tarantino remained silent until Thursday’s interview. In it, he tells The Times he “knew enough to do more than I did.”

“It was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things,” Tarantino said, referencing the stories recently shared by “prominent” actresses.

“I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard. If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”

Tarantino admits that he can offer nothing but a “crappy” excuse at this point. Even though he heard stories about his business partner on multiple occasions, he “chalked it up to a ’50s-’60s era image of a boss chasing a secretary around the desk. As if that’s O.K. That’s the egg on my face right now.”

The director, whose most recent film The Hateful Eight was distributed by The Weinstein Company, says that he tried to reach out to the disgraced Hollywood mogul after the reports were published, but Weinstein didn’t pick up. More of Tarantino’s remarks can be read over on The Times’ website.

As more women share their stories, Hollywood is starting to take (some) action. Last week The Weinstein Company fired their founder, and The Academy voted to remove him from their ranks.

Explaining their vote to expel him, The Academy said in a statement, “We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over. What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.”

October 19, 2017
The Podcasts

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Episode #163 – Justified!

Hype Podcast tackles this week’s biggest entertainment stories including Will and Grace, Riverdale, The Bold Type, Lorde, Avatar and more.

October 7, 2017
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