Teenager tweets from smart fridge after mother confiscates her phone

Wednesday 14th August 2019 12:00 BST

The teenager, an Ariana Grande fan known only as Dorothy on Twitter, reached new audiences when an electronics ban forced her to think outside the box.

She started tweeting from unlikely devices, including a Nintendo DS and from a Wii console. Eventually she resorted to her smart fridge.

She tweeted: "I do not know if this is going to tweet I am talking to my fridge what the heck my Mom confiscated all of my electronics again."

The tweet showed up as coming from an "LG smart refrigerator".

It won her thousands of retweets and tens of thousands of likes and has even inspired a hashtag of #freedorothy.

Even LG tweet the hashtag, while Twitter declared her "an icon".

A few days later she updated fans, saying: "I don't know how I got this much support thank you so much to my supporters and @twitter this is crazy I would be lost without you and given up. I'm trying to get my things back fast so I can thank you properly!"

The second tweet was also sent via the fridge.

Although still on a tech ban, the 15-year-old managed to speak to the Guardian via her cousin's iPad.

She told the newspaper that her mother had confiscated her electronics two weeks ago, because the girl had caused a fire when she got distracted while cooking.

"She took all my tech so I'd pay more attention to my surroundings," she said.

"I felt mortified! I was worried because I've been bored all summer and Twitter passes the time for me."

Before turning to the fridge, the teenager had managed to tweet from her Nintendo DS, which her mother discovered and added to the ban.

"I seen (sic) that Dorothy has been using twitter on her Nintendo. This account will be shut down now," said a tweet seemingly posted by the teenager's mother.

But Dorothy was not to be discouraged. She also managed to tweet from a Wii console, and said she would be trying to look for her phone while her mother was out.

Dorothy has an Ariana Grande fan account which regularly posts memes and content related to the singer.

Ariana Grande does not appear to have tweeted about the #freedorothy saga yet, but she has had a busy week meeting Barbra Streisand and getting ready for the UK and Europe leg of her tour which starts at the end of the week.

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