The Secret Genius of the McDonald’s Twitter Hacker


Of all the companies one would have never expected to randomly lash out at narcissist and U.S. president Donald Trump, McDonald’s was perhaps among the least likely to do so. However, just this morning the multi-billion dollar corporation’s Twitter account gave its followers a huge shock with the tweet, “You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @BarackObama back, also you have tiny hands.” Ah, the ultimate dig against a man accused of using Photoshop to alter the true size of these baby appendages.

The shade-throwing tweet, posted at 9:16 a.m (and since deleted), drew a wide gamut of responses, from speculations that the Hamburgler was behind it to the possibility that an employee angry over getting fired or simply wanting to go out with a bang managed to get a hold of the account.

Regardless of the “how” behind the hacker’s ability to gain control of Mickey D’s Twitter, it’s ultimately this technological genius’s targeting of this specific account that speaks volumes to the brilliance of the stunt. With 154,000 followers (but maybe there were more before this morning’s incident) of its corporate handle, @McDonaldsCorp, the hacker chose an outlet that would 1) invariably reach a huge audience and 2) go for the jugular of an audience that largely supports Trump (including Trump himself, self-confessed lover of the Filet-O-Fish).
Knowing the many twists and turns of the political landscape right now, nothing is out of the question when it comes to the real culprit (read: Vladimir Putin). But whoever was behind it, one thing is for sure: Trump will never be able to enjoy the taste of McDonald’s with quite the same gusto as before. And surely, we can all take just a little bit of comfort in that–even those of us who don’t appreciate McDonald’s half as much as the “average American.”

About The Author

Genna Rivieccio received her BA in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University. She has received a number of festival recognitions for her screenplays from The Indie Gathering, Austin Film Festival and She later transitioned to literature after moving to New York and published her first novel, She’s Lost Control (Lulu, 2011), and started a literary quarterly called, The Opiate. Rivieccio’s work has also appeared on thosethatthis, The Toast and PopMatters. She runs the pop culture blog, Culled Culture,

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