Free Chiitan! Japanese otter mascot starts new English account after total Twitter suspension

Campaign to free the Japanese fairy baby otter mascot from Twitter jail gathers momentum.

Just yesterday, the world was rocked by news that Twitter had suspended all of Japanese mascot Chiitan’s accounts except its English one on the social media platformToday, however, Chiitan’s team awoke to find that the English account had now been suspended as well, completely wiping any trace of the cute fairy baby otter from Twitter. 

A spokesperson for the mascot says they’re puzzled by the sudden suspension, as it came without any prior warning, and affects not only their verified English account, but their Japanese, Korean, Brazilian, Arabic, and Turkish accounts as well. And they’re not the only casualties, as @macegem, the verified account for Kame-chan, the turtle on Chiitan’s hat, has also been suspended.

Now that Chiitan and its pink hat are firmly locked behind bars in Twitter jail, the otter’s team is fighting back against the suspension, creating a new account called “Bring Chiitan Back!”, which appeared online this morning.

Hello, friends of Chiitan around the world! It is to our sadness to learn that @Twitter has suspended all Chiitan a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…


Bring Chiitan Back! (@HelpChiitan) May 16, 2019

With all the savvy of experienced Twitter users, Chiitan’s reps have been appealing for help from fans with a flurry of tweets on the social media platform all day, including this one, which says: “Don’t let Chiitan be erased like HBO erased the coffee cup!!”

Don’t let Chiitan be erased like HBO erased the coffee cup!! Please help our effort in bringing back Chiitan on… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…


Bring Chiitan Back! (@HelpChiitan) May 16, 2019

And it looks like Chiitan has been gathering support from a large number of loyal fans, including pro skater Tony Hawk, who responded to their S.O.S. with “Doing everything I can, pretending I’m a Superman”.

Thank you for the comment, @tonyhawk san! twitter.com/tonyhawk/statu…


Bring Chiitan Back! (@HelpChiitan) May 16, 2019

The annihilation of Chiitan on Twitter comes less than a month after American talk show host John Oliver dedicated an entire segment to the self-described “0-year-old fairy baby” otter from Susaki City in Kochi Prefecture.

While the two got into some beef after Oliver sent over his own mascot, Chiijohn, to steal Chiitan’s former best friend and official Susaki mascot, Shinjo-kun, Chiitan is now appealing to the talk show host for help as well.

Hello, Mr. British Birb, it seems that @Twitter is not fond of our playful banter and/or explosions through tables.… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…


Bring Chiitan Back! (@HelpChiitan) May 16, 2019

It’s true that Chiitan struck up some playful Twitter banter with Oliver after their public beef, calling him a “British Birb” and challenging him to “explode through a table” like a wrestler

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