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Critical reviews of Sunday night’s Elizabeth Taylor biopic Liz & Dick may have been harsh, but they weren’t anything in comparison to the drubbing that the Lifetime film received by those who were live-tweeting it when it aired.
Lifetime prominently promoted live discussion of the film with the hashtag #lizanddick in the corner of TV screens and the tag quickly became popular on the social-networking site. On a quiet holiday evening, few things seemed to unite many Twitter feeds more than making quips about the Lifetime movie.
The vitriol, of course, also brought out a backlash to the backlash of the film, including Lady Gaga and author Bret Easton Ellis (who wrote Lohan’s next film, The Canyons). Both of them defended Lohan’s performance in Liz & Dick.
Below, a few of the prominent Twitter reactions to the film:
I’m thoroughly enjoying and consistently amused by Liz & Dick. The haters went overboard on this one.
— Bret Easton Ellis (@BretEastonEllis) November 26, 2012
@lindsaylohan you did a beautiful job on Liz & Dick, Let no one bring u down, Liz didnt, they always try to knock the greats down a few pegs
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 26, 2012
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 26, 2012
I get the feeling the phrase “It is what it is” was said a lot in the editing room. #lizanddick
— Aimee Mann (@aimeemann) November 26, 2012
Lindsay Lohan’s probation will be revoked because she lied to police. The same goes for her SAG card after playing Elizabeth Taylor.
— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) November 26, 2012
In their defense, everyone else in #LizAndDick thought they were making “Innocence of Muslims. “
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 26, 2012
The day after “Liz & Dick” I just want to say: She’s already down. Lets not kick her.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) November 26, 2012
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) November 26, 2012
If the dead could sue, the producers of “Liz and Dick” would be in court this morning.
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) November 26, 2012
I just realized Liz & Dick is on. No, I wasn’t watching it, but I can literally smell it.
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) November 26, 2012
The black void interviews…oh my god… #LizandDick
— Adam Shankman (@adammshankman) November 26, 2012
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