Yesterday morning the news broke that former California governor, Mr. Universe and star of the best film of all time (Terminator 2: Judgement Day) Arnold Schwarzenegger had fathered a child with a house maid over a decade ago.
Apparently the Governator informed his longtime wife Maria Shriver of the affair and subsequent love child with the staffer when he exited office. Shriver has since moved out of their Brentwood mansion.
In a press conference yesterday, Schwarzenegger asked for respect from to media towards his family:
"I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time. While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not."
While this simple request may keep some traditional media a little more cautious when covering the story, it in no way affects the world of Twitter. And while the world of Twitter has been respectful of Shriver and the children from what I can tell, they have put the screws to Arnold for his indiscretions.
From the political sphere, former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm took the opportunity to espouse the need for more female governors, who might be, well, more restrained:
The flood of tweets that have come from comedians and other celebrities have mostly taken aim at Schwarzenegger with references to his many films. Two of the most popular hashtags to emerge have been #sperminator and #Bonan.
In my personal experience I've also seen #Ahhhhnold and #Schwarzeneverwearacondom in circulation. The possibilities may in fact be endless. #PastActionZero? Nah, scratch that one.
Here is a collection of the funniest from the Twitterverse:
I don't think people would b as mad w/Schwarzenegger if he had actually been the 1 who birthed the child out of wedlock like in Junior
Arnold Schwarzenegger has an illegitimate son and a ruined marriage. But playing Mr. Freeze was still his worst decision.
Schwarzenegger confesses to fathering baby with house staff member, but explains that child is destined to bring down SkyNet in 2031.
FOR NEW TERMINATOR MOVIE! SCHWARZENEGGER USE METHOD ACTING! NOW HE KNOW FOR REAL WHAT HE LIKE GO BACK IN TIME AND CHANGE!
FYI The plot of 'The Terminator' was Arnold Schwarzenegger going back in time to kill a woman so her baby would never be born.
Big news about Arnold Schwarzenegger! I finally spelled his name correctly on the first try today!
With trending topics of Schwarzenegger, DSK and Bin Laden, Google News should have a news section called "Penises."
Two of Schwarzenegger's children have also tweeted following the breaking of the news. The first, his oldest daughter Katherine and secondly their 17-year-old son Patrick. Arnold or Maria have not said anything on Twitter about the news.
This is definitely not easy but I appreciate your love and support as i begin to heal and move forward in life.I will always love my family!