Friday, May 24, 2024

Sorry, who? Self-important ‘celebs’ rush to abandon twitter

Since Elon Musk took over twitter last Friday, one self-important celebrity after another has made it a big deal to make sure everybody knows that they’re leaving the platform over “fears of what it might become,” the common theme given as their reason for jumping ship.

Two questions immediately come to mind. Who? And who cares?

Of course, it’s anybody’s guess as to whether these celebrities will actually uphold their promises to stay off the platform. I doubt they’ll stay off the platform long though. Like moths to a porch light, they won’t be able to resist the limelight twitter affords, even if the platform is, in their view, suddenly dangerous and racist and hurtful and mean and no longer safe and all that.

By the way, many of these are the same hardcore left-wingers who said they were leaving the country when Donald Trump was elected president. Yet, they’re still here. And if they do leave the twitterati and never come back … that’s the “who cares” part. Besides, Twitter has more than 237 million users, so it’s not like they’ll be missed. Elon certainly won’t miss them. 

Somebody more hip than me put together a list of these egomaniacs who are inexplicably under the impression that we care one iota about what they do with their precious twitter accounts. There were a handful of people on this list I had actually heard of. 

Author Stephen King found himself at the center of Musk’s decision to start charging a monthly fee for verified accounts. “If that gets instituted, I’m gone like Enron,” he wrote on Twitter Monday, to which Musk responded that the company had to pay the bills somehow. 

Singer Toni Braxton is a name I vaguely recognize, although I can’t really explain why. “I’m shocked and appalled at some of the ‘free speech’ I’ve seen on this platform since its acquisition,” Braxton tweeted. “Hate speech under the veil of ‘free speech’ is unacceptable. Therefore I am choosing to stay off Twitter as it is no longer a safe space for myself, my sons and other POC,” using an initialism for people of color. 

I don’t recall Toni Braxton getting all bent out of shape over all the hate speech spewed by BLM and their Democrat fan club in recent years. Apparently, to folks like her, “hate speech” refers to anything liberals don’t agree with.

Then there was Sara Bareilles. Who?

Others were less terse and more brief in announcing their exits. The less famous you are, the less you have to say, I suppose. Scrolling the list, I recognized maybe one out of ten “stars.”

One of the most recent departure announcements to barge its way into my Facebook feed via Breitbart was from some woman named Debra Messing. I think she might actually be famous and I’ve just been under a rock. But no one I’ve talked to has ever heard of her either, so … 

Either way, the sarcasm over her imminent departure was cutting.

“It remains unclear how our nation will ever recover from this crushing blow to the Republic,” the Breitbart post read. Equally on point was a response by Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio, who tweeted “Oh no, what will we do now?”  


The only thing elite about these Hollywood “elites” is the size of their egos. 

And how does that famous idiom go? “Legends in their own mind.” Or time. Or something like that.