The Chronicles of Sharknado: Part 2
A year ago, we brought you the story of @sharknado, a CCC tutor who received over 600 misdirected Twitter mentions in four days because of, as she described, the “toothy” Twitter handle she chose four years before the Sharknado movie came out.
This summer, SyFy released Sharknado 2: The Second One. To celebrate Shark Week and the second Sharknado movie, we chatted with the Malcolm X College tutor who has been called “The Real Sharknado”:
Q: You gained fame through your Twitter handle. Did you think to grab @Sharknado2 or a variant for the release of Sharknado 2: The Second One?
A: I didn’t think to grab @Sharknado2. Or @Sharknado3, which is already planned for next summer. If they make it to Sharknado 4, I may have to see if I can get that.
Q: Have the Sharknado producers or the network approached you about your handle? Any misdirected tweets this time around?
A: Neither SyFy nor the folks behind Sharknado have contacted me, at least not intentionally. This time around, I received about 450 @ mentions, many of them misdirected — and none of them funnier than @SyFyMovies itself incorrectly using my Twitter handle to refer to the film.
Q: What did you think of this Sharknado movie? What was your favorite part?
A: I thoroughly enjoyed Sharknado 2: The Second One. I’ve long been a fan of disasters movies, so when Sharknado 2 kicked off with an insane action sequence that spoofed Airplane!, which is itself a hilarious spoof of disaster movies, I knew that the audience was in for quite a ride.