Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter has some in Hollywood heading for the exit.
“Gray’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes and others within the leisure business say they plan to give up the platform now that it’s owned by Musk, a self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist” who has vowed to make sweeping adjustments — together with probably reversing the ban on former President Donald Trump.
“Not hanging round for no matter Elon has deliberate. Bye,” Rhimes tweeted to her practically 2 million Twitter followers Saturday afternoon, two days after Musk closed his $44 billion deal to buy the service.
Here is a operating listing of other people from the overlapping worlds of tv, films, music and sports activities who say they plan to go away.
The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter tweeted to her practically 3 million followers Sunday: “Welp. It has been enjoyable Twitter. I am out. See you on the opposite platforms, peeps.
“Sorry, this one’s simply not for me,” Bareilles added, capping her put up with coronary heart and prayer-hands emojis.
In a tweet to her practically 2 million followers Friday, the Grammy-winning R&B star decried the content material she stated she had seen on Twitter since Musk’s takeover, writing in part: “I am shocked and appalled at a number of the ‘free speech’ I’ve seen on this platform since its acquisition.
“Hate speech underneath the veil of ‘free speech’ is unacceptable; subsequently I’m selecting to remain off Twitter as it’s not a protected house for myself, my sons and different POC,” Braxton added, utilizing an initialism for folks of coloration.
Foley, a retired skilled wrestler and actor, stated in a put up on his public, verified Fb web page that he’s taking a “break” from Twitter “for the reason that new possession — and the misinformation and hate it appears to be encouraging — has my abdomen in a knot.”
“I actually do take pleasure in connecting with all of you on social media, however it could get overwhelming generally. I feel I’ll be again on in a couple of weeks, however within the meantime, I’ll proceed to put up on Fb and Instagram,” Foley wrote Friday. “I hope all of you’ll be form to 1 one other.
“Please vote in case you can too — our democracy appears to be hanging on by a thread,” he added. (Foley’s Twitter account seems to have been deactivated.)
Koppelman, a co-creator of the Showtime dramas “Billions” and “Tremendous Pumped: The Battle for Uber,” not too long ago tweeted: “Y’all’s, for actual, come discover me over on instagram and the tok. Gonna actually attempt to take a breather from right here for a minute or a month come deal shut time.”
The screenwriter and producer has since locked his tweets, that means solely authorised followers can see what he posts.
Larsen, a comic book e book creator and artist finest recognized for “The Wonderful Spider-Man,” reportedly tweeted in April that “the day Elon Musk buys Twitter is the day I delete my account and depart Twitter.”
Larsen’s handle, @ErikJLarsen, appeared to have been deactivated Monday.
In an electronic mail, Larsen confirmed he’s completed with Twitter.
“Yeah, I left. I stated I would depart if Musk purchased Twitter. Musk purchased Twitter,” he stated. “So, I had no selection. The transfer solely emboldened these most poisonous customers. The racists, ‘patriots’ and creeps are again in full pressure.”
“I’ve no regrets,” he added.
Leoni, an actor finest recognized for starring on the CBS political drama “Madam Secretary,” tweeted to her roughly 124,000 followers Saturday: “Hello everybody. I’m coming off Twitter at present—let’s see the place we’re when the mud settles.
“At present the mud has revealed an excessive amount of hate, an excessive amount of within the unsuitable route,” Leoni added. “Love, kindness, and prospects for all of you.”
Morrison, a comic book e book artist and illustrator who has labored on tasks in “The Simpsons” media universe, confirmed in a message on LinkedIn that he deactivated his Twitter account due to Musk’s takeover.
“I thought I’d wait to see if he reinstated Trump’s account, however determined that there have been loads of causes to go away even absent of a Trump return,” Morrison stated.
Olin, an govt producer of the NBC present “This Is Us” and a former star of the ABC drama sequence “Thirtysomething,” tweeted to his roughly 293,000 followers that he’s “out of right here.” He then made a plea for kindness and peace.
Winter, an actor and filmmaker finest recognized for enjoying Invoice within the “Invoice & Ted” movie sequence alongside Keanu Reeves, locked his Twitter account someday after Musk’s acquisition. His bio on the site now says “Not right here” and hyperlinks to his Instagram profile.
“Elon Musk taking on Twitter and making it a non-public firm with much less oversight has instantly made the platform extra vulnerable to hate speech, focused assaults, and the unfold of disinformation,” Winter stated in an electronic mail. “If Twitter returns to being a public firm run by rational actors, many people will return.”