Celebrity tweets aren’t always models of flawless spelling and grammar? Say it ain’t, er, isn’t so!

Educators at Red Balloon, an English language school in Brazil, recruited students to police celebrity grammar on Twitter and the results are adorable.

Uh oh, Maria. That’s the kind of tweet that incurs the wrath of the Beliebers! But even the Bieber Army won’t deter Maria and her classmates from completing their mission.

School is in session for Sylvester Stallone, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, John Cusack, Ashton Kutcher, Charlie Sheen and other celebs.


Note: That account is not verified and appears to be fake, but the tweet still makes for a good teachable moment.

Team leader Andrea Baena explains:

We have celebrities that are not really worried about the language. Concerning education, it’s really bad, because when they see their idols speaking like that they come to us and say, “But this is right, he’s American, he’s using it.” And it’s not the case.

The students schooled celebrities in April, but their school is in the media spotlight this week. Here’s a cute video about the program:

“So far no celeb has replied,” according to the video. “Hopefully they’re busy studying English.”

Editor’s note: This post has been updated to explicitly note that the Daniel Radcliffe account is unverified.


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  • CatHerder

    Oh man, I just have to send this link to the Brazilian I work with! He’ll die laughing.

    • Garth Haycock

      Hi, I’m Garth from Utah. I’m a fan. You made a mistake. You should have said “I just have to send this link to the Brazilian with whom I work.” Never end a sentence with a preposition.

      • CatHerder

        Why not? I’m currently doing life for a proposition I once made. Or was it a proposal…?

        • Ty in TX


        • Sol T. Knutts

          Thank you, Gov Spitzer!

      • Grandma HeadInjury

        Remember kids, a preposition is something you never end a sentence with.

        • Garth Haycock

          High five!

      • Eric Hickam

        Hey Garth! Actually, that is more of a myth than a rule in English! Here is a super explanation of why:


        I hope that all is well in Utah!

      • TexSizzle

        When one of Winston Churchill’s assistants told him not to end a sentence with a preposition, he allegedly replied, “this is the kind of impertinence up with which I will not put”, to illustrate the absurdity of blindly following that rule.

    • Elaine

      Well, obviously these little kids haven’t yet learned Ebonics. wink wink

      • IBXNJ

        What gets me…These kids English is a 2nd language!!! They have a better handle on it than native speakers!

  • tony30088

    We can all thank Hollywood for leading our American youths to stupidity.

    • https://twitter.com/Captain_Cy_kun Cy

      And it’s apparently spreading to other countries now too >_>

      • Grandma HeadInjury

        I read an article a while back about how kids in other countries get into trouble with the law and then try to “plead the fifth” as they’ve seen it on American cop dramas. I imagine their local police have to chuckle.

      • 1SkepticalChick

        ooks to me as though other countries are doing something to stop it! Kids rule!

  • Guest

    Appears to be some kind of school project, several of those pics were taken in the same room. Pretty cool way to do it :)

  • Edel Snow

    I like this idea. The students don’t get snarky with thier corrections either. Cute kids too.

  • NixTyranny

    For extra credit they could correct the grammar of King Barack & Queen Michelle. “Me and Barack” and “Me and Michelle” are examples that make them easy targets.

  • Cajun

    most amazing part is that these kids are from Brazil. American students are too blinded by the Hollywood BS to even understand that most “celebs” are a bunch of idiots.

    • CatHerder

      Not so amazing, really. They are being taught correct English.

      • bluewaternavy

        Something that is NOT being done here.

  • Grandma HeadInjury

    Hey Twitchy,

    About your headline: did you only have one “m” in “grammar” on purpose, or….

    Made you look! 😀

    Seriously, very cute story.

    • Andy from Beaverton

      Hey knuckledraggingrightwingnutjob,

      About your post; you should have used a semi-colon instead of a colon.

      • Grandma HeadInjury

        That would be true if the first part of my sentence was an independent clause, but it is only a prepositional phrase. As it is written, the colon signals the reader that there is information that follows the introductory prepositional phrase. Admittedly, I used a little artistic license, but it is still grammatically sound.

        On the other hand, a semicolon is only used in three basic grammatical constructions. Unfortunately, your sentence is not an example of any of these. Sorry.

        • Andy from Beaverton

          I knew my punctuation was wrong, I was just having some fun. I expected to have 20 thrashings, not just one.

          • Grandma HeadInjury

            I wondered…but couldn’t be sure. I honestly tried to tone down my usual dickishness just in case… :-)

            Have a great day.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeBeq0i03bg Booker

    Cute kids!

  • Jack Deth

    Out of the mouths of babes.

    What are the celebs’ agents and lawyers going to do?

    Attack and try to scare a bunch of kids?

    Kids who probably don’t take to intimidation very well.

  • Zathras11 @B5

    And Theo missed that Sly used a capital letter to start the word “right” even though it wasn’t in a new sentence, so Theo is not perfect either. Loved the Bieber correction though!

  • Zathras11 @B5

    They haven’t replied because they feel silly that children whose native language is Portuguese are correcting their English!

  • Unicorns and Rainbows

    Isn’t it a shame that Brazilian elementary school students have a better grasp of the English language than American adults?

  • Stephen L. Hall

    I would say that they can’t get mad at these kids, but these kids need to make sure that they do not correct Alec Baldwin. They may be in for more than an earful.

    • Grandma HeadInjury

      Almost word for word:

      I’m leaving this message for you to tell you that you have insulted me for the last time. I don’t give a damn that you’re a cute Brazilian kid trying to learn English, or that your teacher is a thoughtless pain in the *** .

      You have humiliated me for the last time with these tweets and I’m going to fly to Red Balloon just to straighten you out on this issue. I’m going to let you know just how disappointed in you that I am and how angry I am with you that you’ve done this to me again.

      You made me feel like s*** and you’ve made me feel like a fool over and over and over again. And this crap you pull on me with this g-d spelling situation? I am going to get on a plane and I am going to straighten your *** out when I see you. So you better be ready to meet with me. I’m going to let you know how I feel; about what a rude little pig you really are. You are a rude, thoughtless little pig. Okay?

    • ceemack

      Who the hell is “Alex Baldwin”?

      • Stephen L. Hall

        Sorry, misspelled. People with odd names or weird spellings will have their names butchered.

  • LegalizeShemp

    So, the average 8 year old in Brazil is more intelligent than the average American left wing celebrity? SSSSSSSSSShocking !!!

  • LegalizeShemp

    And liberals get bent when somebody corrects their grammar, they pull out the “what are you some kind of Einstein or something?” They don’t like it when people point out their knowledge deficiencies and doctrinaire thinking.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Nobody knows everything, and I’m living proof of that. But I know enough to get by. Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Emily B

    I constantly have to resist the urge to do this. Correct the grammar in other people’s tweets and facebook statuses. These kids are so lucky!!

  • LegalizeShemp

    Those Hollywood dipsticks probably think “Red Balloon” is a Communist Condom manufacturing company.

  • eeddggy

    I can remember when American kids learned proper grammar and spelling. I believe that occurred prior to the Teachers Union.

    • Michelle

      I remember when students were held back a grade if they could not complete the coursework for their current grade. They either had to go to summer school or repeat the same grade. The prospect of either happening certainly motivated us to pay attention and learn. Then some insane folks decided repeating a grade or summer school really hurts a child’s feelings and self-esteem and now every student is passed to the next grade no matter what.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      …And “SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK!” on Saturday mornings.. Maybe someone should bring ’em back! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • eeddggy

    Hollywood has employed the stupidest of humans for decades now.

    • Ntr

      That was their intent…to dumb down the nation. You can’t have intelligent people as celebrities doing that job. That also explains why anyone who leans even slightly right is ostracized in Hollywood.

  • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

    I wonder how many profanity-laced replies they got back.

  • Guest

    So it’s a school project? Too much of a coincidence and each Ihas a familiar format..introduces themselves, tell the idiots how much they are a fan then corrects them..

    • Grandma HeadInjury

      From above: “Educators at Red Balloon, an English language school in Brazil, recruited students to police celebrity grammar on Twitter and the results are adorable.”

      • American_by_Choice

        With the added benefit of being HYSTERICAL!

  • descolada9

    Love this!

  • Adam Johnson

    This would make more sense on Facebook. With 140 character limit, you really have 2 contort urslf sumtyms.

  • Zach Smith

    By its nature, Twitter is not a very good forum for proper spelling and grammar.

  • Vitiosum

    I love this! These children are adorable. They may correct my grammar anytime they wish.

  • tdpwells

    Daniel Radcliffe doesn’t have a twitter – he’s said so repeatedly. That’s a fake. Should I let the little tykes know?

  • Jason Hunt

    Great. We’re going to have Brazilians who can speak our language better than we can.

    Was that proper English? ^_^;

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    @Fabiane, that’ll show ’em! You ought to meet my Nephew, he’s pretty smart, too! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Ntr

    The ultimate method of Twitter trolling.

  • Tommy

    Sad. When children from Brazil feel the need to correct American celebrities on their spelling it leaves the U.S. in such a poor light.

    A liberal education. Two lefts do not make a right.

  • Rikkilulu

    So cute. What an original idea. You have great teachers.

  • Rikkilulu

    So cute. What an original idea. You have great teachers.

  • Damien Johnson

    Admit it, who else stopped reading the tweets and just looked at the pictures of the cute kids?

    • dabhidh