Gary Twitter! Social media storm as pop star Glitter appears to set up personal account
Twitter has been hit by a storm of speculation as it appears that disgraced pop star Gary Glitter has set up a personal account.
Already the number one trending topic in the UK, the account has sent nearly 200 tweets and gained over 6000 followers.
The account description states: 'The official twitter of Gary Glitter. Managed and updated by me. King of rock & roll. 2012 comeback tour details coming here soon. Watch this space!'
Staging a comeback A user claiming to be Gary Glitter has set up a twitter account and claims to be planning a 2012 tour
The response has been overwhelming, with a mixture of outrage and mockery dominating the network.
There is understandably some doubt as to whether the account is real, as it has not yet been verified with the standard 'blue tick' usually used to distinguish real celebrity and high-profile users from spoof versions.
Journalist Caitlin Moran has suggested 'wave a kid in front of him' as a potential test of the profile's validity.
The person managing the account has repeatedly insisted that they are Gary, with the latest post reading: 'Yes, this is the official Gary Glitter acoount. Updated by me personally.I'm in the process of getting it 'verfied', but it is very much me.'
Is it real The account has already gained 6000 followers and is a trending topic in the UK
Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle has already launched a foul-mouthed assault on Glitter's account, writing: '@OfficialGlitter Hi Gary. Would you say it’s you or the captain of the Concordia that’s f****d more people in international waters'
Glitter's apparent account has replied: '@frankieboyle I want to put everything behind me, time has passed, now I want to move on with my music. People like you don't help me.'
Frankie replied: '@officialglitter Ignore the haters. Rose West is getting a similarly hard time on Mumsnet.'
Footballer Joey Barton has already been involved in a Twitter spat with the singer, which he kicked off with: 'Gary Glitter on twitter Is that true Surely that's like giving an arsonist a box of matches and a can full of petrol'
Getting involved: Footballer Joey Barton and comedian Frankie Boyle have already engaged in 'Twitter spats' with Gar's apparent account
The Gary Glitter account replied:
'@Joey7Barton My past is behind me, I want to focus on my music. I don't
criticize the pasts of others, maybe you should do the same.'
It retweeted one user, who wrote: 'Gary Glitter got his passport back maybe he will tour this year!'
The account certainly appears to be focusing on the possibility of a tour, using the hashtag #GlitterTour to promote the idea.
OfficialGlitter recently tweeted: 'Let ye
without sin cast the first stone. My past is behind me now, I want to
focus on my tour, remastered album and music. #GlitterTour'
specifically, the account posted earlier: 'London, Bristol and
Birminghm are all semi-confirmed for the tour at the end of the year.
I'll confirm more info as it becomes certain'
Controversial: Glitter, pictured arriving at Bristol Crown Court in 1999, was convicted of possession of child pornography in the UK and later convicted in Vietnam for committing obscene acts with minors
There has been a surprising show of support for the convicted pedophile's apparent reemergence, with one Twitter user calling themselves '@ACloakedFigure' posting: 'At risk of saying something controversial… Glitter served his sentence. And this is a free country or used to be.'
Glitter was convicted of possession of child pornography in the United Kingdom in 1999, after pleading guilty to 54 offences of making indecent photographs of children.
He was later convicted in Vietnam for committing obscene acts with minors.
Glitter, now 67, had originally planned a comeback tour in 2001.
He is now thought to have recorded a new album in a studio in Cuba inspired by his court case and subsequent prison term.