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Elon Musk Incurs Backlash for Suspending Ye from Twitter for Antisemitism

By Dustin Rowles | Social Media | December 2, 2022 |

By Dustin Rowles | Social Media | December 2, 2022 |


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I’ve never seen the logo Ye (formerly Kanye West) posted to Twitter yesterday, which was a Nazi symbol embedded inside a Star of David. It is horrifying. It’s apparently Ye’s Presidential logo, in case it’s been forgotten that he’s running for President. As a Republican, the party owned by Marjorie Taylor Greene. Ye will run in the same primary as Donald Trump, the current frontrunner, who had Ye and white nationalist Nick Fuentes over for dinner. This is the Republican Party in 2022. Mitch McConnell must be so proud.

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The logo, all the same, merited the suspension of Ye, who was recently reinstated by Elon Musk despite a history of antisemitism both on the platform and away from it. Musk insisted the suspension was because of the Swastika — and “incitement to violence” — although the suspension was not official until Ye posted an unflattering photo of Elon Musk without a shirt on a yacht with Ari Emanuel.

Ye has been ranting about Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel for months, claiming that he is “digitally lynching” Ye. On Truth Social, Ye posted a screenshot showing that he had been suspended for 12 hours, although it’s unclear if the suspension will actually be lifted (it would be insane to allow Ye back on). This is the first suspension that I have seen since the Twitter Blue debacle that didn’t come because of a tweet insulting, mocking, or impersonating Elon Musk. Musk, a “free speech absolutist,” did some digital flexing after the suspension, tweeting FAFO (or fuck around and find out).

Most of the replies, however, are probably not of the type that Musk was hoping for. A number of conservatives are complaining that the suspension does not align with Musk’s “free speech absolutism,” with some even claiming that they are quitting Twitter as a result.

Interestingly, a number of Musk simps are claiming that these free-speech conservatives do not know what “free speech” means while rebutting with the same arguments that liberals have been making since Elon Musk took over. HA!

Musk recently stated that he would be providing “amnesty” to thousands of accounts banned under the previous leadership for antisemitism, incitement to violence, and other forms of racism, transphobia, and bigotry. Perhaps this will be a lesson to Musk: Bigots don’t change.

(Header photos of Elon Musk are replaced with photos of Lee Pace on Pajiba for aesthetic reasons and with apologies to Lee Pace.)