“I'm almost afraid to ask. Uh, Engineer, do we got any god-damn Twitter Shoutouts, for Christ's sake?”—Ghost, showing his usual enthusiasm for the Shoutout segment
Twitter Shoutouts are a way for Ghost to promote his show, True Capitalist Radio. He reads off the account-names of people who either "retweet the first tweet on my Twitter account" (which is currently @PoliticsGhost) (the "first tweet" is the latest Tweet shown in the picture), tweet at him with a hashtag (usually #TacoTuesday, #BallerFriday, or #CapitalistArmy), or "Twitter-bomb" an account (such as the Dallas Cowboys or Mr. EBT). Twitter Shoutouts used to start at the beginning of the 2nd and 3rd hour of True Capitalist Radio, but the shortened format of the show since The Return has led to Ghost doing only one segment of them per show as of 2016.
Most trolls use this segment to make him says phrases that offend him or piss him off. He has even rage quit early from the show on multiple occasions due to especially offensive names that insult him directly. On December 6, 2011 the Engineer hijacked the show following an angry tirade from Ghost in response to a racist Twitter name about Herman Cain.
Ghost introduced the Twitter Shoutouts segment in late May 2011 in the outbreak of the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal as an opportunity to plug his show while also condemning the actions of the disgraced New York congressman through social media. He asked for listeners to tweet for Weiner to resign, while replying to his own account. Unfortunately for Ghost, trolls quickly realized they could use these shoutout segments to list filthy Twitter user names using phonetics to agitate Ghost, who would read the names, realize what he had just said, and rage.
Twitter Shoutouts are now a staple part of the broadcast. Ghost now carefully reads most names before he says them, but will occasionally rage before reaching a name and say it anyway. The majority of troll-names are based off of ongoing news stories, recent tragedies, and of course, a good helping of excrement-related names.
Categories of NamesEdit
- Ghost's Family
- Herman Cain
- Jerry Sandusky
- Burning Texas
Examples of NamesEdit
For a complete list of Twitter names, see Twitter Names.
Ghost skips shoutouts if he realizes their subtle meanings quickly enough. This is usually coupled with him saying, "I'm not saying that" although he may simply skip over a name without even making a comment. Sometimes when he reads a heavily offensive name, he may resort to cans.wav and threats of leaving. He usually ends the shoutouts for that hour, but there have been a couple occasions where he has kept going.
There are certain cases where instead of making people retweet his tweet, he makes them reply to him with a hashtag. Such hashtags are usually relevant to the day Ghost has given names for, such as
#TacoTuesday used for Taco Tuesday and
#BallerFriday for Baller Friday respectively (note that he does not use hashtags for days given negative nicknames, such as Fruitbowl Wednesday). There are other occasions when Ghost uses additional hashtags such as
#GhostistheTalent if there have been a large number of calls asking for the Engineer to take over the show. Other times, he will simply use the default hashtag
#Capitalist if there haven't been a large number of troll calls and he wishes to be a little more creative.
The Twitter names that Ghost says are often incorporated into audio splices, such as TexasEnFuego, which was used in this splice. Some names are intentionally created to induce Ghost into saying certain phrases for use in remixes and splices; while some are clearly troll names, others use phonetics to trick Ghost into saying embarrassing phrases. If Ghost actually does recognize the nature of the name before reading it, he will typically go on a minor rant about "playing word games".