Wondering why Martha Stewart and her (allegedly) smelly birds are the talk of the internet? Well here’s a sweet explainer for you to get you across what the heck is happening in the world of both birds and celebrity chefs.

On Sunday, Martha Stewart lost her bird shit on Twitter after spotting a New York Post article titled, Peculiar pets: How one man learned that six peacocks are better than one.

Within the article, the writer stated that the lifestyle mogul has 16 peacocks on her 153-acre New York farm.

Martha Stewart blasted this statement in a tweet, writing: “The nypost again ‘fake news’. They have a story on peacocks today and say I have sixteen on my farm I actually have 21 of these glorious 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.”

The New York Post has since corrected its article, writing:

Editors note: This story originally reported that Martha Stewart has 16 peacocks. Stewart clarified via Twitter that she actually has 21 “glorious” and impeccably clean peacocks.

I did a quick Google search to see who’s BSing here, Martha or the Post, and according to Quora, “when they do get wet, a healthy peacock that takes good care of his feathers doesn’t smell like much at all. Certainly not as strong as wet chicken (I’ve had chickens in the past as well as peafowl now).”


The tweet has since gone viral and become something of a .com joke, with parody Sean Penn account @officialseanpenn even poking fun at the whole thing.

“Thank God Martha rose out of bed at 6:45AM to clear the air on her nearly two dozen peacock roommates,” the account wrote. “The anti-peacock media has been shameless and unrelenting in their libel of Martha’s glorious TWENTY ONE (thank you very much) birds. I guess we all know who’s got egg on their face now, and it’s certainly not any of Martha’s “so clean” feathered friends. #TheyDoNotSmell #TheirVoicesAreLoud #TheyAreSoFriendly”

Now Alexa, play ‘Peacock’ by Katy Perry.