There’s been a new queen in town on social media and her reign is legendary. Who would have guessed that Dionne Warwick, of all people, would A) have an active Twitter account and B) learn how to use it so great to the point that all on social media look forward to what she’s bringing? Warwick is here, she reigns, and until God says that it’s time, alive and well is how she will remain, both on-and-off social media.
Warwick has had a Twitter account since October of 2012, but her presence in 2020 brought much light amongst the darkness that the year gave. Soon enough, her follower count began to increase as her thoughts and opinions entertained those who came across.
Some examples of what has been burning her thoughts that she decided to share with the public are as follows: There was that one time that she took aim at Chance The Rapper because, well, she needed an explanation on his “descriptive” stage name.
“Hi, @chancetherapper,” she wrote back in December. “If you are very obviously a rapper why did you put it in your stage name? I cannot stop thinking about this.” She then dons a new name inspired by Chance in a separate tweet. “I am now Dionne the Singer.” Period. She said what she said.
Hi, @chancetherapper. If you are very obviously a rapper why did you put it in your stage name? I cannot stop thinking about this.— Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) December 5, 2020
I am now Dionne the Singer.— Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) December 5, 2020
Canadian superstar The Weeknd also caught the smoke from Warwick as well, as she had some thoughts on his name as well. “The Weeknd is next. Why? It’s not even spelled correctly?” Imagine this being said in Dionne Warwick’s voice, facial expressions, and all, and tell me you didn’t giggle.
And then of course there was her thank you to her followers for the seemingly unsolicited explanation of the definition of a “hot girl”. Although she “specifically told us not to” tell her what the term meant, that didn’t stop fans. Mission accomplished.
Thank you for telling me what a “hot girl” is, even though I specifically asked you not to.— Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) November 25, 2020
All of the artists that she has mentioned, from Chance to the Weeknd, to even Taylor Swift, have reacted in a positive manner to Warwick’s feelings on them. Chance seemed to be ecstatic at the mere fact that the legendary singer even knew who he was to begin with. “This is amazing,” Chance said, “I will be whatever you wanna call me Ms. Warwick. God Bless You!” Meanwhile, The Weeknd also “honored” to have “just got roasted by Dionne Warwick.”
The singer’s antics have also birthed SNL sketches as of late. As “spicy” as Warwick’s tweets may be, the followers keep smiling and shining, knowing they can always count on her for some joy. Besides, “That’s What Friends Are For”, yeah?
Now there have been some speculations as to whether or not Warwick is really the one who is behind her Twitter account. In a December interview with Andy Cohen, Warwick mentioned that her niece Brittani, who according to the Los Angeles Times was her “social and branding director,” was the brainchild behind her tweets.
However, she came on Twitter to let address the “foolishness in her replies”. In a video clip, she said, “This is for all of you tweeters who have decided that I’m not tweeting my own stuff to you. I want you to know I am, and I’m getting very, very, very good at it. You see, I have a wonderful niece, her name is Brittani. She said, ‘Aunt Dionne, you’ll have a lot of fun if you get on this with me.’ I said, ‘Okay, teach me how to do it.’ And she did, and I am doing it.”
Came here to find foolishness in my replies. I am rushing to into an interview and this is the last time I’m saying this. Thanks. pic.twitter.com/En49BaoGRK— Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) December 7, 2020
There you have it.
Her social media presence (on top of her legendary career) has now brought the talks of a biopic. According to a conversation with Entertainment Weekly, Warwick shared that the telling of her life’s story will be developed into a television series, and confirmed that Teyana Taylor would portray the singer. She also revealed the possibility of Netflix’s involvement. Warwick previously tweeted that Taylor would be her obvious choice to be cast as herself.
“We’re planning to do an episodic type of a show,” she told EW. “[Teyana] is certainly a talented young lady with whom I’ve had the pleasure of interfacing. In fact, we had a conversation last night on the telephone. She’s very excited about the prospect of being involved and she’s also going to be very, very much involved in directing it and putting together parts and parcel of how we see this going.”
This is a case for @netflix. Please don’t ask who I would cast to play me as it would obviously be @TEYANATAYLOR. pic.twitter.com/acGbBKGFfH— Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) December 16, 2020
Teyana, who has acting as well as directorial credits, expressed her undeniable excitement in response to the news. “When the LEGENDARY [Dionne Warwick] had this moment w/ [Netflix] & they started jotting notes in their palm pilots…I was lookin at them likeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee,” Taylor shared to her followers. “P.S. One thing about them doors…..They open.”
As the days go by, Warwick continues to impact social media as life impacts her. She even recently shared the same disappointment many fans of the Netflix show Bridgerton had when the news hit that Regé-Jean Page would not be returning. “No, [Regé-Jean],” she exclaimed. “You CANNOT leave me like that. I WILL NOT have it!”
No, @regejean! You CANNOT leave me like that. I WILL NOT have it! @bridgerton!!!!!!— Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) April 3, 2021
As it seems to go with many famous celebrities, old and new, a death hoax hit Warwick recently not once, but twice. With everyone already on edge from the unexpected and unfortunate deaths of some of our favorites, the news that hit Twitter on May 10 of her apparent “death” rattled many.
A Twitter user shared a screenshot of a Youtube video that boasted the title “The Life and Sad Ending of Dionne Warwick,” captioning it “according to youtube [Dionne Warwick] is dead.” That same news somehow got to Warwick, and she retweeted the info and hilariously captioned it “Oh no!”
Oh no! https://t.co/RrN3HOnMRa— Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) May 12, 2021
Just to make it very clear that it was a hoax, and also sharing that this was the “second time ya’ll done made me dead – which is not very nice,” she posted a video and captioned it “Proof of life. Goodnight from a very alive Dionne Warwick.”
“I am alive, and kicking!” she said as she laughs through the video. In the end she tells her fans to “worry not”. Basically, put some respect on Dionne Warwick’s name!!!