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'We Bought a Zoo' gets parody Twitter account

December 7, 2011 |  4:15 pm

A new Twitter account that went online Wednesday looks remarkably like a real one for the upcoming Matt Damon-Scarlett Johansson family drama "We Bought a Zoo."

But it's unlikely that the movie studio 20th Century Fox is running an account with comments like these: "My daughter keeps asking why we bought a zoo and I all I can say is, 'Wait for the movie because I don't wanna spoil it!' She has swine flu." and "We have so many cages to clean and Scarlett won't stop sexting."

The Twitter feed illustrates how difficult it can be for entertainment companies to control their image in the social media world. The fake "We Bought a Zoo" feed, which first published at about 9 a.m. Wednesday, features Fox's official poster in the background and a shot of Damon from the film as its profile picture.

Its title is even tougher to differentiate. The fake account uses the number zero in place of the "o's" in "Zoo."

The parody account had amassed more than 860 followers by midafternoon Wednesday. It's rapidly gaining on Fox's real "We Bought a Zoo" Twitter account, which has 2,093 followers.

The people behind the parody account -- Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber -- did not respond to a message asking for their reason for mocking the film.

A Fox spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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