I think it's the snarky use of foul language though that makes this an issue. I'm sure if the tweets were more in line of "Why is so much time being paid to this old guy?" there would be a different story.
Not to mention, why are people acting as if Twitter and Facebook are Google and Wikipedia?
FWIW, sadly it does go both ways, two examples:
I'm listening to a sports radio show and a young sounding caller says something like this to the host:
"I'm looking at Sandy Koufax' [Hall of Fame pitcher for the Brooklyn and LA Dodgers from the late 1950s through the mid 1960s. Was easily the best pitcher in the game in the early 1960s, but retired in his early thirties due to arm troubles] career stats here, and I'm not seeing why he gets so much praise. Can you tell me what was so great about him?"
The response from an older, very salty host whom watched Koufax in his prime:
"You are asking me what was so great about Sandy Koufax? GET OFF MY PHONE! I mean what the hell are you doing asking me to tell you what was so great about Sandy Koufax, go look it up."
And a second one:
There is was a podcast based out of England that was a review show of everything to do with every James Bond film, one per episode. They reviewed it, talked about every aspect of the film, behind the scenes and of course the theme of each film. They get to "All Time High" by Rita Coolidge for Octogirl private, and they trash her and the song, partially because they, being English, have never heard of her. (FWIW, one of the hosts is heavily into electronic sounding music than traditional pop and HATES The Beatles and of course he hated "Live And Let Die" so take that for what it's worth)
Well anyway, I've heard of Rita Coolidge, but only because being a fan of American Country Music, I'm aware of her connection to Kris Kristofferson, they were married at one time. So I went to a Johnny Cash forum (Cash and Kristofferson were great friends, collaborators on projects and songs) and explained the situation, with the added fact that the hosts were in their 20s (I did not mention that one of them is more of a techno/electronic fan than traditional sounds...not that it would have made a difference in the reaction). Well one of the responses to the fact that two British guys didn't know someone who is pretty much an obscure country singer today was this "...trust me, no one in their 20s knows anything about anything..."
Come to think of it, I'm still not quite sure if my question concerning Coolidge and the song's popularity around the time Octogirl private was out. In terms of her being on the level as, say McCartney for Live And Let Die, Madonna for Die Another Day, etc, and therefore easy to chuckle at two young peeps across the pond wondering whom she was and why she is doing a Bond theme. But no, it's better to insult someone's intelligence because they don't know the name of someone who may have been uber popular before they were born!