Celebrities leaving Twitter? A few are; others vow to stay

Following Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, celebrities are leaving Twitter – but perhaps not the tide that would warm the hearts of critics. Some, like author Stephen King, are even taking issue with the Tesla founder over rumors about the company’s future plans.

“$20 a month to keep my blue check? F— you should pay me that. When that rolls out I’m gone like Enron,” King tweeted Monday.

Musk replied to King late that night: tweet, “We’ve gotta pay the bills somehow! Twitter cannot rely entirely on advertisers. How about $8? I will explain the reasoning in a longer form before this is implemented. This is the only way to defeat bots and trolls.”

The SpaceX founder, whose Twitter bio now reads “Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator,” announced something closer to the original plan on Tuesday.

“Twitter’s current Lords & Peasants system for who has a blue tick and who doesn’t is Bulls—. power to the people! Blue for $8/month,” Musk wrote a series of tweets. “Price adjusted by country proportional to purchasing power parity. You also get: – Priority on replies, mentions and searches, which is essential to fight spam/scams – Ability to post long videos and audio files – Half as many ads. And paywall bypass for publishers willing to work with us. This will also provide Twitter with a revenue stream to reward content creators.”

He seemed to shuffle Twitter Blue Check approved system and its paid Twitter Blue subscription, which to date gives “the most engaged Twitter user exclusive access to premium features” — including undo tweets, bookmark folders, ad-free articles, and a thread reader — for $4.99 a month.

“[T]This will destroy the bots,” Musk wrote in a reply to one user. “If a paid Blue account participates in spam/scams, that account will be banned. In essence, this increases the cost of crime on Twitter by several orders of magnitude.”

Those not staying around to witness the new owner’s changes include Shonda Rhimes, Ken Olin, Sara Bareilles and Toni Braxton, all of whom said on Friday and Saturday they would be stepping out on the bird platform.

“Not hanging around for what Elon has planned. Bye,” producer and showrunner Rhimes tweeted Saturday.

“Good. It was fun Twitter. I’m out. See you on other platforms folks. Sorry this is just not for me,” singer Bareilles tweeted on Friday.

“I’m shocked and appalled by some of the ‘free speech’ I’ve seen on this platform since it was taken over,” said singer Braxton tweeted on the same day. “Hate speech under the veil of ‘free speech’ is unacceptable; So I choose to stay away from Twitter as it is no longer a safe place for me, my sons and other POC.”

Olin wrote on Friday: “Hey everyone – I’m outta here. No judgement. Let’s keep the faith. Let’s protect our democracy. Let’s try to be nicer. Let’s try to save the planet. Let’s try to be more generous. Let’s try to find peace in the world.”

However, none of their accounts have been deleted. But “Bill & Ted” actor Alex Winter kept threatening to leave the platform. His @winter account has been deleted.

“Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter and its transformation into a private company with less oversight immediately made the platform more vulnerable to hate speech, targeted attacks and the spread of disinformation,” Winter said in an email to NBC News. “When Twitter becomes a public company again, run by rational actors, many of us will come back.”

Bette Midler slammed Musk’s Twitter takeover on Saturday, predicting the site would “immediately move into #RadioRwanda.” But on Monday and Tuesday, she promoted “Hocus Pocus 2” and argued for abortion rights.

However, some compared the great Elon Musk’s Twitter exodus to Donald Trump’s grand emigration, which was promised if former President Trump won the White House but never materialized once he was in office.

“Oh, so you’re leaving Twitter if Elon Musk buys it? Like how you left America after Trump won?” conservative actor Kevin Sorbo tweeted October 23, before Musk’s takeover.

Comedian Terrence K. Williams tweeted Succinctly on Monday: “I’m not leaving Twitter.”

Actor and author Jim Beaver said he’s staying, but for different reasons. “I’m not leaving Twitter, not under the current circumstances,” said the Supernatural graduate tweeted late Monday. “I prefer to be a voice in the wilderness rather than surrendering the field to the forces of fascism, anarchy, hysteria or bad taste in cinema. If I lose my blue check, so what? I was here for years without her.”

‘Madam Secretary’ actress Téa Leoni appeared to be taking a wait-and-see attitude tweet Saturday: “Hello everyone. I’m leaving Twitter today – let’s see where we are when the dust settles. Today the dust revealed too much hatred, too much in the wrong direction. Love, kindness and opportunities to all of you, thank you, xoxtéa.”

“If you’re leaving Twitter because a rich a— now owns it, I have big news for you guys about the last person to own Twitter,” “Adam Ruins Everything,” and late-night writer Mike Drucker tweeted last Thursday.

Director and political activist Rob Reiner, meanwhile, encouraged people to stay and make the good fight in 280 characters or less. At least for a while.

“Just hours after taking control of this platform, its owner started posting insane conspiracy theories about the attempted murder of Speaker Pelosi,” Reiner said tweeted Monday. “Now is not the time to go. Now is the time to fight for our democracy. Choose blue. Hold the congress. Then explore the options.”

Reiner stayed despite a shot fired at him by singer John Rich of country duo Big & Rich over the weekend.

“Rob, didn’t you say you’re leaving Twitter if @elonmusk takes over? I hope you stay.” Rich tweeted Saturday at Reiner’s. “You are a constant reminder of how dysfunctional Hollywood is. They are important for the public discourse! Without your constant insanity, people might forget how crazy you are :).”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-11-01/celebrities-leaving-twitter-elon-musk-stephen-king Celebrities leaving Twitter? A few are; others vow to stay

Sarah Ridley

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