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Winklevosses needn’t take it personally

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
July 25, 2011

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On Saturday, we told you that famous Harvard rowers and self-described Facebook inventors Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss sent a letter last week to current Harvard president Drew Faust to complain that former president Larry Summers - who has been openly critical of the Winklevoss twins - declined to shake their hands when they met him in his office years ago, a scene that was portrayed rather comically in last year’s movie “The Social Network.’’ Today, we have an update. Over the weekend, we got a call from a Harvard legacy (who asked to remain anonymous) who told us that when he first met Summers, the then-Harvard-prez declined to shake his hand, too. According to this graduate, he asked Summers why he was opposed to shaking hands, and Summers explained that he avoids handshakes in general because he’s a bit of a germaphobe. So, the Winklevii bros shouldn’t be offended; Summers just isn’t a touchy-feely guy. In other Winklevoss news, the grads, who are more famous these days for their Facebook lawsuit than their Olympic rowing, won’t get to play themselves on “The Simpsons’’ next season. Entertainment Weekly reports that when the long-running Fox series spoofs “The Social Network’’ in an episode called “The D’oh-cial Network’’ this fall, it will be actor Armie Hammer who voices the characters. Hammer played both Winklevoss brothers in the Oscar-winning movie last year. The twins have every reason to be offended by the “Simpsons’’ slight; when Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg was written into the show last year, he got to voice his own character and joked about being a Harvard dropout. Zuckerberg’s big “Simpsons’’ line? “I’ll get the best kind of degree - honorary, baby.’’