March 22, 2023

Celebrities vow to quit Twitter after Elon Musk takes over

Factor: Brent Furdyk.

Now that Elon Musk has taken over Twitter in a deal worth $44 billion, concerns are being shared that the controversial billionaire might ditch the social media platform’s hate speech guidelines and unleash a hate-filled free-for-all. Meanwhile, there are also fears that Musk may restore Donald Trump’s Twitter rights after the ex-president’s ban on January 6 last year following the Capitol Hill riot.

This is causing some celebrities to question their loyalty to the site.

READ MORE: Elon Musk says he’ll reverse Twitter’s ban on Donald Trump

Actually, The Hollywood Reporter dismissing a few who have already announced their intention to leave.

Among them is actor and director Ken Olin, who wrote: “I’m out of here.”

Brian Koppleman, showrunner of “Billions,” echoed those sentiments.

“Really come find me on instagram and sure. I’m really trying to take a breather from here for a while or a month when we get to the store, he tweeted.

Then there’s “Bill & Ted’s” Alex Winter, who reportedly deleted his entire Twitter history and left his Linktree address after posting a meme depicting Musk, Donald Trump and Kanye West as the three musketeers.

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However, some celebrities are taking the opposite approach, insisting that if Twitter stops regulating hate speech, they are ready to fight back.

That’s the view of Star Trek icon George Takei, who wrote: “Twitter feels a little like America might feel if the Republicans take back Congress. All the crazy people would immediately start testing the terrible limits of how far they can push things.”

Takei then declared, “I’m not going anywhere,” adding, “We need each other’s voices and strength, and I’ve never shied away from a fight. When Twitler and the other deplorables get him back, I’ll be more than a thorn in their side.”

Meanwhile, director Rob Reiner noted that with democracy hanging in the balance with crucial midterm elections looming, “there’s no team leaving Twitter now.”

Meanwhile, “Sopranos” actor and E Street Band guitarist “Little Steven” Van Zandt issued a not-so-veiled threat to Musk about the consequences of restoring Trump’s Twitter account.

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