Kyrell Grant is a freelance writer for hire located in Toronto. On Twitter, you can find her under the name black frances ha, or @imbobswaget. This week Grant talked to me about three of her favorite tweets, engaging people on Twitter, and what’s awful about the movie Save The Last Dance.
Grant: I spend an unhealthy amount of time hating a movie that came out in 2001, but Save the Last Dance is so awful and the idea of a very whey-faced white woman transcending her whiteness through awful dancing is more offensive than anything that happened in Birth of a Nation.
Would you say that more often you use Twitter in a way that encourages conversations, or for putting thoughts out there without necessarily starting a dialogue with anyone? Is one or the other more fun for you?
I think it’s a mix of both. I really use Twitter like the world’s least private journal, but there are times when i do want to get feedback almost like I’m polling people, but on choice hot dog toppings and not, you know, political affiliations.
The latter is more fun for me—I like engaging people. I want to know what people are thinking.
What’s your favorite interaction you’ve had on Twitter?
There have been a couple, I know. Once I made fun of k-os and he actually tweeted at me asking me why I was laughing at him. It’s good to know semi-famous canadian indie rap artists are searching their own name. They’re just as insecure as we are.
Also, anytime I have a thirst tweet and immediately all my friends will let me know I have disgusting taste and they’re ashamed of me—which they do out of love, it’s nicer than it sounds—is pretty hilarious.
Dick pics as a weird anachronism are just so funny to me.
Are there certain subjects within pop culture that you always like to tweet about? Are there ones that you really don’t like tweeting about?
I can’t think of anything related to pop culture that I don’t enjoy talking about. Wait I lied, I hate anything relating to Harry Potter. People seem to have a lot of strong feelings about J.K. Rowling and company that i just don’t understand. It hurts my feelings that grown adults want to think critically about Harry Potter still after all this time.
I can’t wait to derail someone’s promising political career w/ questionable tweets they made about Detective Stabler.
Do you draft/delete tweets?
Not really, I don’t save anything to drafts. I don’t really sit on my thoughts, maybe I should do that more, who knows. Same with regards to deleting tweets when I put something out there. It’s out there and I kind of don’t give it a second thought.
Does knowing that potential employers/etc. could look you up on Twitter affect the way you write on Twitter, or make your tweets different from other kinds of writing you do?
No, I should work on that, I’m really bad at censoring myself. Hopefully someone out there appreciates my tweets and wants me to write about my love of Drake’s thighs.
Jenny Nelson lives and writes in Brooklyn and works at Funny Or Die.