Beloved author and all-around talented guy R.L. Stine is apparently really into Shakira. Except, of course, he really isn’t and is kidding around on Twitter. Confused? You should be. The guy who created Fear Street, and perhaps most famously, the popular children’s Goosebumps series has tweeted twice now about Shakira, and when asked why, has given cryptic answers. Here’s what’s going on.
Over the weekend, a little after six o’clock in the evening, R.L. Stine tweeted “Shakira, Shakira!” in reference to the (famous?) refrain from Wyclef Jean in the song “Hips Don’t Lie.” But why? Madison Malone Kirsher of New York Magzine endeavored to find out and contacted Stine directly to grill him about the cryptic tweet. And, it turns out this isn’t the first time Stine has tweeted this exact same thing.
— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) July 7, 2018
“I honestly don’t know,” Stine told Kirsher when asked about the inspiration for the tweet. “I did it a year ago and it was the biggest tweet I’d ever had from all my tweets. Somehow I remembered it, the song popped into my head … so I did it again.”
Obviously, this doesn’t clear up anything, and the situation is made even more bizarre when Stine tries to kind of dodge whether or not he is or is not a Shakira fan. “Well, I’m a fan of that video. And I have listened to the newest album,” he admitted. “So I guess I am a Shakira fan. I listened to the entire album.”
And there you have it. One of the greatest minds in the field of children’s literature and horror writing has watched the “Hips Don’t Lie” video, by his own admission “many times.” Can a Fear Street or Goosebumps project featuring Shakira be far away?
-R.L. Stine’s next Fear Street book, You May Now Kill the Bride is out on July 24.—