OMG: Sabrina’s following me!

I don’t read my Twi**er feed, as it consists solely of links to posts on this site, but I do get daily notifications of new followers. Here’s a good one:

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It’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch! Hart (now 38) was of course the star of the eponymous television show, which ran for seven years beginning in 1996. I must admit to watching it a few times, for Sabrina was cute and I loved the cheesy black cat puppet (a magical witch’s companion), which was supposed to be a real cat but looked nothing like one. Does anyone remember its name (no Googling!):

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(Hint: The answer is here.)

I’m not quite sure why I’m being followed, for her Wikipedia bio says this: “Hart family is devout Christian and attends church every Sunday. But I’m surely as pleased as Sarah Silverman must have been when discovering (if she did discover) that she was being followed by Dan Dennett and Sam Harris. That makes Silverman the Official Atheist Comedian. ™

 

32 Comments

  1. Dominic
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    Call me cynical (“cynical!”) but I have a suspicion that this is a way of getting followers & is software-led, but cannot be sure. I will not cheat but admit the link to the picture as it appeared in my email in Outlook showed the cat’s name!

    • Posted November 6, 2014 at 5:40 am | Permalink

      Really, Dom, must you crush a boy’s dreams?

      • Dominic
        Posted November 6, 2014 at 5:42 am | Permalink

        OK we have to get you a date with Sarah Silverman!

        • Posted November 6, 2014 at 5:44 am | Permalink

          I don’t have any connections to her, plus she’s relatively young. Still, I’d like that as much as holding a baby tiger and would gladly become Mr. Silverman (though she says she won’t marry because she doesn’t want to pass on what she considers her genetic propensity for depression).

    • Dominic
      Posted November 6, 2014 at 5:41 am | Permalink

      PS we may ‘follow’ you, but do you know where you are going?! 🙂

      • Posted November 6, 2014 at 10:06 am | Permalink

        Sheesh you guys, this sounds like an episode of Sabrina!

      • Susan
        Posted November 6, 2014 at 11:35 am | Permalink

        Is that like “where are we going, and why am I in this hand basket? ” 🙂

        • microraptor
          Posted November 6, 2014 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

          Livin’ easy,
          Livin’ free…

  2. Maria
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 5:50 am | Permalink

    His name was Salem, and we named our cat Salem after him. Only our Salem is female! 🙂

  3. Posted November 6, 2014 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    I will admit that I only watched that show because of the “cat” 🙂

  4. Jimbo
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    Jerry’s first Wiccan convert?

  5. nickswearsky
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    “I’m not quite sure why I’m being followed, for her Wikipedia bio says…”

    Keep reading and see how her career has been going since “Sabrina.” She needs all the publicity she can get!

  6. Posted November 6, 2014 at 7:40 am | Permalink

    I don’t remember the name of the cat, but I’m pretty sure the voice was Nick Bakay.

  7. Roger
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    She/they are promotin’ stuff.

    • Roger
      Posted November 6, 2014 at 8:03 am | Permalink

      By the way Nancy Sinatra will follow you but you have to follow her first. 😀

      • HaggisForBrains
        Posted November 6, 2014 at 10:46 am | Permalink

        At least you have the boots 🙂

  8. Les
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    There are things on Sabrina that could totally have happened:her black cat Salem was a witch who had been turned into a talking household pet as a punishment for attempting worldwide domination.
    (Wikipedia)

    • Posted November 6, 2014 at 8:09 am | Permalink

      Which is ironic because I’m pretty sure world domination is on every cat’s bucket list. Should have turned him into a dog.

    • microraptor
      Posted November 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

      I always felt like there should have been a Sabrina/Pinky & The Brain crossover.

  9. Scote
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    I remember the awful cat pupet. They can never get the ears right with cat puppets. They got the personality right, though. I also seen so recall them using a real cat occasionally for shots of him waking or jumping or whatnot, but I may be misremembering that.

    • winewithcats
      Posted November 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

      They used the puppet for all the speaking parts, but hired a proper stunt cat for all the action sequences that didn’t include dialogue.

  10. Roger
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Fair warning: Sometimes these people will mass unfollow people so it looks like they have a hight follower to following ratio. So prepare for heartbreak! Marketers are a cold and ruthless species.

  11. Posted November 6, 2014 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    I could imagine that a Christian who is open minded enough to play the role of a witch could also be open minded enough to be interested in evolution.

  12. Mike
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    Sorry for the bad news but she (or her social media team) is following people to get more followers, see here http://twittercounter.com/MelissaJoanHart

    On Sept. 13 she was following 387 accounts, today about 32.400.

    First they added 587 new followers per day (and she followed 469 accounts/day) for 36 days and afterwards 1240 new followers/day and she follows 862 accounts/day.
    This is almost certainly manipulated with either automatic software or bought followers.

    • Chris
      Posted November 6, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, probably marketing/PR, sadly. It may not be but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

      1) I work in advertising & media, although for one of the big agencies (there’s slightly less cowboying happening!).

      2) I’m also a musician in a band and have come across the whole “paying for followers” model. It’s absolute bollocks, please excuse my Anglo-Saxon!

  13. Jerad
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    How about Tim Minchin, Bill Maher and Julia Sweeney? They seem to have been more publicly open as atheists. For anyones interested there is a list of atheist comedians on Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_atheists_(miscellaneous)#Comedians

  14. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted November 6, 2014 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    On the subject of followers, the 30,000th follower of this blo^H^H^H website is only some 267 followers away.
    Seems like a mere few months ago that ProfCC went through the 25k mark.
    Without looking closely at the number, the 30k mark should be in within the week? And 32768 (2^15) in March? Give or take a bit.

  15. Posted November 6, 2014 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    I loved that show, especially Salem.

    I’ve got a better OMG – I got a #FF from Linda Carter aka Wonder Woman a few months ago!

    • Posted November 6, 2014 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

      OMG Wonder Woman! I used to watch that show all the time as a kid. I’d be excited if she followed me too. I wonder if she’s an atheist.


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