#IAmSpartacus: Robin Hood blows up Twitter
The Twitter community has come out in full force, backing Paul Chambers - the 27-year-old accountant, who lost his appeal against a conviction and £1,000 fine for a "joke" comment he made on the micro-blogging platform about potentially missing a flight.
Back in January Chambers tweeted:
"Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!"
He was subsequently, and controversially, prosecuted under a law aimed at nuisance callers, in a case now known as the Twitter Joke Trial.
The trainee accountant from Doncaster, who now lives in Northern Ireland, was fined £385 at his trial in May and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge by a district judge. On 11 November he was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £2,600.
However, he won't be spending a penny as Stephen Fry has publicly (via Twitter, of course) vowed to pay the costs.
And now he apparently has the support of an almighty tweet-group, who have been re-tweeting Chambers' original statement along with the hashtag #IAmSpartacus.
At present, the hashtag is the biggest Twitter trend and even the Twitterati have jumped on board. Davina McCall, David Mitchell, Dave Gorman, Graham Linehan and Marcus Brigstocke have all re-tweeted the message.
If you're too young to get the #IAmSpartacus reference, then we suggest that you spend 184 minutes of your weekend watching Kubrick's classic 1960 blockbuster.