Rainn Wilson changes his Twitter name — sort of — for climate change ‘stunt’
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In the aftermath of a Twitter controversy over tweets he allegedly made about climate change, Rainn Wilson has changed his Twitter name.
Wilson, the actor and comedian who was one of the first celebrities to tweet about climate change, has a habit of rebranding his own name.
Here’s a look at the rest of his Twitter profile.
Twitter user @rebecca_klein uses Rainn Wilson’s image to make fun of him. (Courtesy Rebecca Klein)
A tweet from @rebecca_klein. “Rainn Wilson just rebrands his twitter profile, and it’s all in good fun,” she wrote on June 15.
A tweet from Rebecca Klein. “Rainn Wilson just rebrands his twitter profile, and it’s all in good fun,” she wrote on June 15.
Then she tweeted the following image, which had been re-blogged from an article in Slate.
Rainn Wilson just rebrns his twitter profile, and it’s all in good fun. pic.twitter.com/3YtNQGwcxT — Rebecca Klein (@rebecca_klein) June 13, 2014
‘A bit weird’
The name “Rainn Wilson” was in the news for all the wrong reasons this week, after a New York Times Magazine article accused him of using the name to “mislead people into believing he was skeptical about climate change.”
An image from the NY Times Magazine article shows Rainn Wilson (second from left) posing with his daughter and former President Obama (first from left) during the latter’s visit to the White House in 2013. (The New York Times/The White House) (The New York Times/The White House)
The story was picked up by several media outlets including the CBC and The New York Times, and a screenshot (