So the final time we checked in on the raging dumpster fireplace that is Elon Musk‘s regime working Twitter prefer it’s his personal private social media fiefdom (we’re simply assuming) to compensate for lots of issues that could be missing, Musk had turned reinstating Donald Trump right into a bizarre little three-ring circus after which topped that by bringing again Kanye “loss of life con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE” West, again as nicely. And but, for all of his bluster, there’s one thing about Musk that causes him to shrink within the presence of those that are clearly his higher. Case-in-point, earlier this month, legendary writer Stephen King referred to as him out about charging for blue checks and turning it right into a catastrophe of epic proportions. Musk’s responses? Properly… let’s simply say they have been missing (as you may see for yourselves beneath). Properly, a bit greater than three weeks later, King is again calling out Musk for a way advertisers are starting to look to greener social media pastures now that Twitter seems to be to be heading again to its “Previous Wild West” days. I’m selecting to not clarify who that “My Pillow” individual is as a result of they don’t deserve the free publicity (be happy to Google), but it surely was a great line on King’s half. Musk’s response? Properly…
Look, we get it, Elon. It’s King, and also you? Properly, you’re… you. Whereas we’re nonetheless unsure what you’re a “man of…,” we positively know that you just’re not a person of the written phrase. However nonetheless… 10 hours?!? Even rounding up, you couldn’t have paid somebody to tweet a greater response? Was your writers’ room locked out of Twitter HQ? And what have been you doing? It clearly wasn’t working Twitter… although I assume “into the bottom” is a company course that does require a little work…
Now right here’s a glance again at King’s tweet from yesterday, making a reasonably rattling good level about Twitter’s gradual bleed. Following that, we’re reporting our unique ideas from earlier this month when King referred to as out Musk for the catastrophe that he was making out of the social media service along with his “blue verify’ debacle:
A Look Again at Stephen King Calling Out Elon Musk & Twitter
By the point you’re completed studying this sentence, our private writing god Stephen King may have written two novels, a screenplay, two novellas, and … let’s say… three haikus? Okay, we’re kidding, however we are able to try this as a result of King could be probably the greatest folks ever to place pen to paper within the historical past of us placing pen-to-paper to ever stroll this planet. One of many different issues we love about King is his willingness to share his ideas & emotions on all kinds of subjects. However by no means from a know-it-all perspective and all the time with a vibe that exhibits he’s as linked now to the popular culture panorama as ever earlier than. So when he had one thing to say about SNL host Elon Musk‘s plan to cost these people on Twitter with verified accounts (“blue-checkers”), we have been all ears. And it didn’t disappoint as a result of we knew there was no method that Musk might resist responding. So what follows is a really opinionated, not goal, rundown of what went down between the 2… extra of a critical editorial. However with jokes.
Now, right here’s King expressing through Twitter the exact same sentiment that thousands and thousands of “blue-checkers” have been expressing because the information hit. Principally, Musk and his imaginative and prescient for Twitter can just about go f*** themselves seven methods to Sunday if he thinks he’s going to get content material free of charge after which make the content material creators pay for the “privilege” of making content material on his latest plaything.
After all, Musk was going to reply as a result of some people won’t ever go up an opportunity at some self-indulgent “star-f***ery” even when the stated star is just about calling you out. After all, Musk jumps into already enjoying the sufferer as a result of it’s everybody else’s fault he overpaid for Twitter. And in a bizarre transfer that proves (A) Musk won’t ever get it as a result of it’s not about it being $20 or twenty cents, and (B) how Musk could be the worst individual ever to look on Pawn Stars. Significantly. With one tweet, King already had Musk dropping from $20 to $8.
Musk: “I used to be in search of $5000 for this sculpture I discovered at a storage sale.”
Rick (Pawn Stars): “There’s no method I will pay that.”
Musk: “Okay, how about $20?”
However right here’s the place it will get brain-bleedingly dangerous as a result of, very similar to dozens upon dozens of King’s works, Musk doesn’t see himself as the issue. Oh, no! It’s a third-party boogeyman that he’s attempting to combat. In actual fact, he wants King and all the opposite “blue checkers” to be his sidekicks as he takes the combat to… THE BOTS & TROLLS!!!! Now, simply to be clear, in case you might need a lapse in current popular culture historical past? Twitter has had a verification system in place for years, and it hasn’t stopped the bots and trolls. So charging will do what to alter that? Ahhh! I do know! More cash means Twitter can spend extra to combat bots and trolls, proper? One actually massive downside, although…
What do you do when the largest troll on Musk’s Twitter is Musk himself? On Sunday, the self-described “innovator” positively wasn’t working towards what he was preaching when he tweeted out a hyperlink to a Santa Monica Observer article that was throwing out wild allegations concerning the tried assassination of Democratic Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the brutal assault on her husband, Paul Pelosi, and not using a shred of proof. When the backlash and accusations of him being a hypocrite have been an excessive amount of for him to cope with (and, some would say, after the injury had already been completed), Musk pulled the tweet. In the meantime, using the N-word and different hate speech on Twitter has skyrocketed because the possession change.
Welcome to Elon Musk’s Twitter! The place the extra issues change, the extra they… get very, very worse.