Twitter must be pretty weird for celebrities. One moment you’re enjoying a quiet Friday night at home, sipping tea and surfing around the Diamond Certified website looking for information on top-rated companies, and the next moment you’re finding out some innocuous tweets you sent 20 minutes earlier have inspired a new hashtag (bearing your name) and you are trending in a major metropolitan city. Such is the life of San Francisco Giants broadcaster, and social media superstar-in-the-making, David B. Flemming.
Not to say that Flemming isn’t already a superstar-in-the-making as a broadcaster – in my opinion he is just that – but Twitter, as they say, is a whole ‘nother ballgame. It’s a ballgame in which Flem is lengthening his lead on other broadcasters on a daily basis, but with all due respect to Flem, even he may not fully grasp how some of his tweets can cause such a virtual commotion.
This is the point in the post where I could veer off the road into a deep meditation on the tweeting habits of Giants characters such as Brandon Belt and Dave Flemming and the manifestation of their interdependent relationship with insane Giants fans. I could probably write 5,000 words on the fan base’s fascination with Belt alone. I could… but I won’t, because to be honest, I have a feeling this post is already going to be creepy enough with the content you’re about to see below. So let’s put the idiosyncrasies of celebrities on Twitter aside for now and instead turn our attention to a certain hashtag making the rounds lately: #FlemmingRapNames
Here’s the setup: Two Fridays ago, Flemming retweeted Chuck D of the legendary hip hop ensemble, Public Enemy.
Flem followed that up with a highly debatable, but not necessarily controversial, tweet about Chuck D’s place among the greatest rappers of all time.
Yes, Dave. It was fantastic.
Now Flemming fans, apparently thrown for a loop by the idea of a 30-something, caucasian Stanford alum having ever heard of this “Rap stuff,” took notice and started to question his street cred. Flemming, no doubt incredulous by this time, sought to defend his own hip hop honor and confront his doubters on the mean streets of Twitter.
At this point, yours truly felt the need to interject.
What does this have to do with KNBR callers? Absolutely nothing. I do this a lot. I know, I know. Occasionally, I’ll get some Twitter curmudgeon telling me not to stray from the format. “Stick to what you know, snarky man!” they say. “I’m not paying you to play grab ass!” they tell me. Whatever. Haters gonna hate. Even our beloved broadcasters have to deal with the haterz (scroll to the bottom).
But, wait… Hang on a second. Someone responded to my nonsense! A very cool someone! And he even created a hashtag to go with it! Suck it, haterz!
Just 22 minutes later someone must have nudged poor Flem.
And he was not amused. At least, not at first.
Then after a while he appeared to embrace the silliness of it all. Heck, he even changed his Twitter avatar to an awesome Photoshop of his mug on a picture of Eminem a.k.a. Fleminem (by the way, credit for coming up with “Fleminem” goes to @GnoccoFritto).
This would all blow over, Flem thought. He seemed comfortable. Then our own Giants Gamer Babe (@carmenkiew) brought this FatHead-style sign to the ballpark yesterday and probably made Flem a little less comfortable…
Well, this should push him over the edge.
What you are about to witness is my own sad attempt at Photoshop. I’ve taken some of my favorite #FlemmingRapNames (along with my best attempt to credit the original tweeter) and created … well, I’ll just leave it up to you to form your own conclusions as to what I’ve created.
Wiz Khaliflem (@liesandperfidy)
David B. and Rakim (@srabe)
FleMC Hammer (@GoofusMcP)
Davey Dave & The Flemmy Bunch (@mythbusterposey)
Childish Flembino (@theMOexp)
That’s it. Love you, Flembone!
Update: Flemming has seen the post: