Since before Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, no small number of celebrities have vowed to leave the platform should his bid to buy the social media giant go through. Now that Musk, a self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist,” has officially taken over, most of those celebrities have continued to remain on the platform, but some small few have actually committed to leaving.
NBC News reported on a list of celebrities who have left the platform in the wake of Musk’s purchase.
First, singer Sara Bareilles tweeted that she wasn’t going to continue on the platform. “Welp. It’s been fun Twitter. I’m out. See you on other platforms, peeps. Sorry, this one’s just not for me,” the writer and performer of “Love Song” wrote in a Saturday tweet. She has not tweeted since that seemingly-final post.
“Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes tweeted Saturday afternoon, “Not hanging around for whatever Elon has planned. Bye.”
Many of the individuals in question have expressed protest that Musk has previously vowed to potentially reverse the ban on former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, which was permanently suspended in the wake of the January 6 Capitol riot.
“I’m shocked and appalled at some of the “free speech” I’ve seen on this platform since its acquisition,” tweeted singer Toni Braxton. “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.”
Former professional wrestler Mick Foley declared in a Facebook post Friday, after he apparently deleted his Twitter account, that he would also be vacating the site.
“I decided I needed a @twitter break, since the new ownership – and the misinformation and hate it seems to be encouraging – has my stomach in a knot,” he began. “I really do enjoy connecting with all of you on social media, but it can get overwhelming sometimes. I think I’ll be back on in a few weeks, but in the meantime, I will continue to post on Facebook and Instagram. I hope all of you will be kind to one another. Please vote if you can too – our democracy seems to be hanging on by a thread.”
Erik Larsen, writer and artist for the comic book “The Amazing Spider-Man” in 1990, confirmed to NBC that he had deleted his Twitter account.
“Yeah, I left. I said I would leave if Musk bought Twitter. Musk bought Twitter,” he told NBC in an email. “So, I had no choice. The move only emboldened those most toxic users. The racists, ‘patriots’ and creeps are back in full force.”
“Hi everyone. I’m coming off Twitter today—let’s see where we are when the dust settles. Today the dust has revealed too much hate, too much in the wrong direction. Love, kindness, and possibilities for all of you,” wrote Téa Leoni, star of “Madame Secretary.”
Brian Koppelman, a co-creator of the Showtime dramas “Billions” and “Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber,” tweeted some weeks ago, “Y’all’s, for real, come find me over on instagram and the tok. Gonna really try to take a breather from here for a minute or a month come deal close time.” Koppelman has since set his account to private.
Finally, Alex Winter, best known as William Stanley Preston, Esq. of “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” edited his Twitter bio to read “Not here” and to link to his Instagram page before deleting his account completely.
“Elon Musk taking over Twitter and making it a private company with less oversight has immediately made the platform more prone to hate speech, targeted attacks, and the spread of disinformation,” Winter said in an email to NBC. “If Twitter returns to being a public company run by rational actors, many of us will return.”