Ellen Barkin’s Twitter profile continues its meteoric rise in the ranks of the best celebrity Twitter feeds around.
The Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress had already been a prime Twitter follow for her outspoken, slightly mom-y takedowns of President Trump. (Like when she told him to take a long walk off a short pier. Poetry!)
And now she’s out here full-on DRAGGING some of our childhood heroes. Do not cross Ellen Barkin!
What inspired this epic drag?
You may have heard that there’s an upcoming film about Mr. Rogers, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks as children’s television icon Mr. Rogers.
The trailer just dropped this week, and Twitter momentarily became a repository for people’s nostalgic tears for the beloved, comforting TV host.
I teared up just from the theme song’s opening notes in the first 3 seconds…
There is no way I will be able to see the upcoming mr. Rogers movie without crying the whole time. And that’s fine. Mr. Rogers said it’s okay to cry.
— roxane gay (@rgay) July 22, 2019
Mr. Rogers is obviously a hero, but if you were thinking of venerating Rogers’ television contemporaries Captain Kangaroo or Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, Ellen Barkin would like a word or two with you, specifically the words “HELL NO!”.
The two shared a similar level of fame and adulation to Mr. Rogers in their day.
Captain Kangaroo (real name Bob Keeshan) was an iconic and beloved children’s television star whose show of the same name was the longest running children’s show in history (just shy of 30 years).
And ventriloquist Shari Lewis, along with her puppet sidekick Lamb Chop, enjoyed an even lengthier career that began on Captain Kangaroo in 1956 and ended when she passed away in 1998.
She was so influential that she and Lamb Chop even testified before Congress in 1993!
But to hear Barkin tell it, they were “child-hating frauds” for whom fame went directly to their heads. No biopics, please!
And on Twitter, fans were not exactly surprised… seems plenty of people don’t remember them as fondly as they do Mr. Rogers.
I never cared for either of them anyway. I was more a Mr. Rogers and Electric Company gal. Now I shall curse their names.
— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) July 23, 2019
I would love the Captain Kangaroo story. I didn’t trust that guy when I was a kid. I liked Lambchop, but I thought Lewis was weird and fake. Huh, interesting.
— Ronald W. Reagan (@ReaganFromGrave) July 23, 2019
I loved Mr. Rogers the others didn’t exist for me pic.twitter.com/YZEWxJoU6x
— Black Cherry Nerd at SDCC (@cherry_LA) July 23, 2019
Ok, I’m sorry but I just lmfao, seriously #BurningDownChildhoodFrauds
— julie elias (@elias_julie) July 23, 2019
And a few had some stories of their own to back up Barkin’s!
I met Captain Kangaroo in a bookstore. He was hammered. He grabbed the book (not his book for sure) out of my hand and signed it and lurched away. I didn’t have any money and didn’t want that book so I set it back on the shelf.
— dogwings_water (@dogwings_water) July 23, 2019
6 year old me, looked forward to meeting Shari Lewis, got a door slammed in my face and she screamed from the other side “I don’t have time for this”, poor Lamb chop.
— heather urquhart (@hjurquhart) July 23, 2019
I’ve seen Shari Lewis’ daughter’s act at the Magic Castle. I don’t think she would dispute this claim.
— Frank San Filippo (@fsfmusic) July 23, 2019
I worked for Captain Kangaroo in the 60s. I believe you. He wasn’t a very nice man.
— Paula DeMarta Mastroianni (@PaulaDeMarta) July 23, 2019
I worked with Shari Lewis twice. She was a nightmare. Ruined my childhood.
— AlanBoss (@Alan96764792) July 23, 2019
But for some this all came as a very unpleasant surprise!
My world is crumbling around me.
— Annik Stahl (@curledANDqueued) July 23, 2019
Noooooo. Not the lamb chop hoochie. 😭😭😭😭
— Aric (@PhatEmoKid) July 23, 2019
My parents, who bought me every Shari Lewis bedtime story book, are unwilling to participate in my outrage. 🤣 pic.twitter.com/nHKaTLOXmQ
— hot challah (@hotchallah) July 23, 2019
I’m learning so much from Ellen Barkin. When I was a kid I didn’t like Captain Kangaroo.
— JoAnn (@JoGonx) July 23, 2019
And some were just here for a new episode of their favorite show, Ellen Barkin Dragging People on Twitter!
Ellen Barkin flamethrowing the long-dead Captain Kangaroo and Shari Lewis on Twitter is peak 2019.
— Jake Griffin (@DHJakeGriffin) July 23, 2019
How can Twitter be bad when Ellen Barkin, John Lurie, Billy Eichner and more are all in a vast takedown convo about Captain Kangaroo and Shari Lewis?
— Pat Saperstein (@Variety_PatS) July 23, 2019
Hands down the best tweet of all time. 🙌
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) July 23, 2019
Anyway, moral of the story:
DO NOT CROSS ELLEN BARKIN.
She will drag you to filth whether you’re dead or alive and the masses will be cheering your demise. Long live our Queen!