In non-streaming-service-related peacock news, Martha Stewart
wants you to know that her flock of feathered friends
is far larger than a recent New York Post report would have you believe.
Taking a break from sponcon-ing with Snoop Dogg and posting poolside thirst traps, the lifestyle mogul sent out what could be the best tweet of the year to clarify her pet collection.
On Saturday, the Washington Post
mentioned Stewart in an article about fellow peacock fan Sean Flynn and his recently published book
? An Unlikely Search for Meaning in the World's Most Magnificent Bird," claiming she owns 16 birds on her sprawling upstate New York property.
Stewart, who appeared irritated, then issued a public correction, calling the Post "fake news" for undercounting her peacocks before revealing she has more.
“The New York Post again ‘fake news.’ They have a story on peacocks today and say I have sixteen on my farm when I actually have 21 of these glorious birds whose house is impeccable,” she wrote. “They do not smell. They are so clean! Their voices are loud but such fun to hear. They are so friendly.”
The New York Post has a story today about peacocks and says I have sixteen on my farm. I actually have 21 of these magnificent birds whose house is impeccable. They do not smell. They are so clean! Their voices are loud but such fun to hear. They are so friendly— Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) May 16, 2021
She went on to say that Flynn was exempt from her criticism because he "sounds like a very nice bird lover and understands the lore and beauty of this beautiful breed of bird."
Sean Flynn's new book Why Peacocks is reviewed in today's @nypost; he sounds like a very nice bird lover who understands the lore and beauty of this beautiful breed of bird. Congratulations, Mr Flynn!!!— Martha Stewart (@MarthaStewart) May 16, 2021
The Post has since updated its story to include a more accurate count of Stewart's peacocks, about which she has been vocal in recent years.
Look no further than a March 2021 blog post in which she describes the various peafowl on her property and their mating habits in great detail.
“I visit these beautiful birds every day, and I love calling out to them and waiting for their energetic responses,” she writes in another blog post. “My peacocks are doing exceptionally well and remain active, curious, and extremely vocal.”
Stewart told Town & Country that she had her hands full caring for the hundreds of animals
on her farm, which included Friesian horses
, canaries, geese, dogs
, donkeys, and chickens.
“They all require a tremendous amount of care because you have to keep them clean, fed, and happy,” she told the magazine in 2019. “I don’t think I’ll be getting too many animals in the near future.”
Stewart's out-of-control-in-the-best-way tweet sparked a flood of praise and confusion on social media
, with many followers pleading for more information on the peacocks in question.
— (@SuspendedSunset) May 16, 2021: martha, why do you have so many peacocks—
https://t.co/Jk0Qhxw5ET — priyadesai (@priyadesai) May 16, 2021
This is the best tweet we've ever seen. https://t.co/Ov6bCsjDMc— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) May 16, 2021
I love telling the truth to power https://t.co/0T2eGhWzVn— Jaya Saxena (@jayasax) May 16, 2021
Martha Stewart defends her peacocks https://t.co/YfcdJHgXoZ pic.twitter.com/n6nl5snSUM — Carey O'Donnell (@ecareyo) May 16, 2021
I'm not sure if this was meant to be funny or not, but it certainly made me laugh as I read it.— Christine About The City (@CCAboutTheCity) May 16, 2021