Arnold Schwarzenegger Scandal on Twitter

    May 18, 2011
    Josh Wolford

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:

Another guy guv admits 2 cheating on his wife. Maybe we need more women governors. Guys: keep ur pants zipped, for Pete’s sake. #Arnold 1 day ago via web · powered by @socialditto

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.

People say it was immature of me to call Arnold the #Sperminator, so let me call him by his original name: #Bonan. 19 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

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 23 hours ago via WhoSay · powered by @socialditto

Arnold Schwarzenegger has an illegitimate son and a ruined marriage. But playing Mr. Freeze was still his worst decision. 20 hours ago via Batcomputer · powered by @socialditto

Schwarzenegger confesses to fathering baby with house staff member, but explains that child is destined to bring down SkyNet in 2031. 22 hours ago via HootSuite · powered by @socialditto


FYI The plot of ‘The Terminator’ was Arnold Schwarzenegger going back in time to kill a woman so her baby would never be born. 1 day ago via Echofon · powered by @socialditto

Big news about Arnold Schwarzenegger! I finally spelled his name correctly on the first try today! 12 hours ago via SocialOomph · powered by @socialditto

With trending topics of Schwarzenegger, DSK and Bin Laden, Google News should have a news section called “Penises.” 15 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

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! 21 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

some days you feel like shit, some days you want to quit and just be normal for a bit, yet i love my family till death do us apart. #family 1 day ago via web · powered by @socialditto