A tweet featuring an opinion the new film Captain Marvel which ended with the words “Don’t @ me” has gained zero replies, retweets or likes.
James Wilkinson, a 26-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent, tweeted on Sunday night:
“Sorry but Captain Marvel is the worst marvel film since Avengers: Age of Ultron, don’t @ me”
Since Wilkinson posted the message to his 24 followers, he has not been inundated with replies, as his uncontroversial opinion didn’t spread shockwaves across the internet.
Wilkinson, who has sent 786 tweets since his debut in October 2016, said: “Whenever you post an opinion, there is always a risk the Twitter mob will come after you, and the arguments can quickly become abusive as more people pile in to the debate. So I thought it was best to put “don’t @ me” so I wouldn’t have to deal with the replies.
“And it looks like it worked, because there weren’t any.”
The captain Marvel tweet now sits unnoticed among Wilkinson’s other regular missives, featuring his opinions on Port Vale Football Club and where he is going on a night out, which have cumulatively garnered one retweet and two likes in the past six months.
But Wilkinson admits this was a close call. “I’d had a couple of glasses of wine, and usually I wouldn’t be so forthright in my tweets. But I think it’s important to speak your mind. I say what I think, not what people want to hear, and that’s what it’s all about, free speech.”
We asked some of Wilkinson’s followers whether they would continue to subscribe to his almost-daily updates, after he didn’t cause a twitterstorm.
Tom Renton, an ex-school friend who, like everyone else, didn’t reply to Wilkinson’s tweet, said “I saw Captain Marvel last weekend. I thought it was pretty good, but I guess James didn’t like it. There are probably some better films, but I don’t go to the cinema that much. So I don’t really know.”
Gareth Wilkinson, James’ dad and one of the four family members who make up one-sixth of his total follower count, was asked for his opinion on the tweet, but he said he didn’t see it.