Some celebrities aren’t sticking around to see what new Twitter owner Elon Musk is doing to change the social media platform, as a handful have already announced they are leaving for good.
Most of the celebrities who call it quits their jobs in Hollywood, although a few singers and artists have also said they are stepping away from Twitter after the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX completed his purchase of the media platform social last week.
Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy tweeted Saturday that she doesn’t hang around for whatever Elon has planned. Goodbye.”
Actress Tea Leoni, who recently starred in ‘Madam Secretary’, also shared that she’s done using Twitter:
Hello everyone. I’m leaving Twitter today – let’s see where we’ll be when the dust settles. Today the dust revealed too much hate, too much in the wrong direction. Love, kindness and possibilities for all of you, thank you,
— Thea Leoni (@TeaLeoni) October 29, 2022
Singers Sara Bareilles and Toni Braxton have both announced they are also stepping down. Mrs. Bareilles said, “See you on other platforms, homies. Sorry, this one just isn’t for me,’ while Ms Braxton said she was doing it for safety reasons.
I’m shocked and appalled at some of the “free speech” I’ve seen on this platform since its acquisition. Hate speech under the veil of “freedom of expression” is unacceptable; therefore, I choose to stay off of Twitter as it is no longer a safe space for me, my sons, and other POCs.
— Toni Braxton (@tonibraxton) October 29, 2022
“This is Us” producer Ken Olin teased his departure from Twitter days before making it official, saying on October 22 that “The day Elon Musk took over Twitter, I walked out. Not that it means much. But I just wanted to state it.
True to his word, Mr. Olin tweeted last Friday that he was leaving the platform, a day after Mr. Musk finalized his deal to buy Twitter.
Alex Winter, who is best known for playing Bill with Keanu Reeves as Ted in the movie ‘Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’, went so far as to delete his Twitter account.
“Elon Musk taking over Twitter and making it a private company with less oversight immediately made the platform more prone to hate speech, targeted attacks and the spread of misinformation,” Winter said. said in an email to NBC News. “If Twitter goes back to being a public company run by rational actors, many of us will come back.”
Other notable releases include “Billions” co-creator Brian Koppelman, retired professional wrestler and actor Mick Foley and “The Amazing Spider-Man” artist Erik Larsen, NBC reported.