Wednesday 28 November 2012, 12:19 | By

Shirley Manson Twitter-squabbles with fans

And Finally


Garbage’s Shirley Manson had a little run in with some her fans on Twitter this week after she reported on the micro-blogging platform that an audience in Cologne had been somewhat “cold”.

Following the gig, Manson tweeted: “Koln you were so strangely subdued! Sold out show but so cold? Funny. I know you love us but why couldn’t you show it? We still love you”.

But not every fan took kindly to the critique (despite the continued declaration of love), with one responding “maybe they won’t bother buying tickets to see you next time around, so you won’t have to put up with their coldness”, before adding: “Do you really think it’s alright to publicly criticise your fans, who’ve paid to go to your gig, for not worshiping you enough?”

Manson duly responded with “fuck you” and “oh PULEASe BLOW ME”, which surprised several of her tweeting fans. Though when one said “my estimation of you has hit the floor” the Shirlster responded “you can blow me too”.

As the singer threw out a few more insults at those fans taking issue with her comments, a debate then ensued between said fans as to whether Manson’s Twitter feed had been hacked again, as it was last month. Though, given no retractions or deletions have since occurred, presumably it really was Manson this time round.

Assuming so, it seems the Garbage lady just felt fans were misinterpreting her original statement regarding the gig goers of Cologne, asking towards the end of the spat: “Why can’t people read what I actually SAID?!?” Though given the general tetchiness, we can probably also assume it wasn’t raining in the German city this week.

Read the full Twitter showdown below:


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