Kerry Washington Just Gave Out Her Phone Number to 5 million+ Twitter Followers. Or Did She?

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August 31, 2019Entertainment
Kerry Washington Just Gave Out Her Phone Number to 5 million+ Twitter Followers. Or Did She?
Kerry Washington attends Twitter's #HereWeAre brunch and conversation at Cannes Lions in Cannes, France on June 20, 2018. (Francois Durand/Getty Images for Twitter)

We don’t get it either.

Kerry Washington gave out some pretty private information on Aug. 30 : her phone number. Even she said she was crazy. (But if you thought there’s a catch, you’re right. Read on.)

First, the Back Story

“I know [it] sounds insane,” she said, in the minute long video posted on Twitter. “But, you know, I posted about this last week, I’ve been missing that TGIT love,” referencing a hashtag fans of the show “Scandal” would use when it aired, which, yes, was on Thursdays.

“We used to come together every Thursday night at the same time and the same place. And I would know where you were, you would know where I was, and we would talk about stuff that really mattered to us—and kind of be in a community together,” she said. “And I want to bring some of that back. Because I miss you guys, and social media is amazing but sometimes it’s hard to sift through and really connect with the people who matter to you most.”

Which, OK. We get that you miss your fan base. But posting your phone number to your 5 million+ Twitter followers? Seems a little drastic.

But, she seems serious, which is even more confusing.

“I really want you to text me. I want you to ask me questions, I’m going to send links like special sneak peeks,” she said “You guys are going to be the people I’m closest to in terms of trading information, so text me. Really, really text me. And, yay!”

We’re not sure why she couldn’t just send those “sneak peaks” out over Twitter.

So we called the number.

Next, the Number

It rings a couple of times and then you get a very chirpy message from Washington.

“Hi, thanks SO much for calling. However, I do not check this voice mail. So please don’t leave a message here.”

Instead, she asks that you text her. “I will read it, I will respond, and we can all feel seen and loved, hopefully,” she said.

So we obliged.

And we got an immediate reply back.

“Hey it’s Kerry! Real quick—click this link & sign up so I can add you to my contacts and respond to you directly. Can’t wait to hear from you!”

So we clicked on the link.

And what do you know—it takes you, a site that describes itself as this:

“Community enables direct, meaningful conversations at scale. It’s a new way for community leaders to talk to community members—via text.‍”

To sign up, you have to provide your name, your birthday and your location.

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