"This is my pace where I make fun of things, point out absurdities and tackle serious subjects like the cutback."
In recent earth quaking news, the world’s richest man, South Africa’s Elon Musk, is now officially owner in chief of Twitter. The messaging application, which regularly courts controversy for how it handles the idea of “free speech,” has long been the preferred communication platform of politicians, athletes and many celebrities though many are publicly renouncing their accounts and jumping ship.
Shonda Rhimes, television program Grey’s Anatomy creator, curtly tweeted, “Not hanging around for whatever Elon has planned. Bye.” Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles followed with, “Welp. It’s been fun Twitter. I’m out. See you on the other platforms, peeps.” Toni Braxton, who crooned Un-Break My Heart, hopped out with, “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.” Téa Leoni, actress, declared, “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.” And, maybe most devastating, Bill S. Preston esq., the blonde half of Bill and Ted, wrote in non-Twitter-based email, “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. If Twitter returns to being a public company run by rational actors, many of us will return.”
Not buckling to famous people pressure? The world’s greatest surfer Kelly Slater.
The 11x World Champion, whose bio reads, “This is my pace where I make fun of things, point out absurdities and tackle serious subjects like the cutback,” is still entirely present with not one hint of waver.
Slater counts nearly 1,000,000 followers and has logged almost 9000 tweets since joining the service in 2009.
It must be noted that, at time of writing, Gisele Bündchen is also still Twitter active. The Brazilian supermodel, with 4.6 million followers, last tweeted good luck to her then-husband Tom Brady on Sept. 11.
Surf fans have spent the last month lighting candles in hope of a Slater-Bündchen reunion and might the two rekindle a magical 2005-2006 romance in the blue-checked DMs?
Hope springs etc.