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 doubtlessly reversing the ban on former President Donald Trump.
“Not hanging round for no matter Elon has deliberate. Bye,” Rhimes tweeted to her almost 2 million Twitter followers Saturday afternoon, two days after Musk closed his $44 billion deal to buy the service.
This is a working listing of folks from the overlapping worlds of tv, motion pictures, music and sports activities who say they plan to depart.
The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter tweeted to her almost 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 submit with coronary heart and prayer-hands emojis.
In a tweet to her almost 2 million followers Friday, the Grammy-winning R&B star decried the content material she mentioned she had seen on Twitter since Musk’s takeover, writing in part: “I am shocked and appalled at among the ‘free speech’ I’ve seen on this platform since its acquisition.
“Hate speech underneath the veil of ‘free speech’ is unacceptable; due to this fact I’m selecting to remain off Twitter as it’s now not a protected area for myself, my sons and different POC,” Braxton added, utilizing an initialism for folks of shade.
Foley, a retired skilled wrestler and actor, mentioned in a submit on his public, verified Facebook page that he’s taking a “break” from Twitter “because the new possession — and the misinformation and hate it appears to be encouraging — has my abdomen in a knot.”
“I actually do get pleasure from connecting with all of you on social media, however it will possibly get overwhelming generally. I believe I’ll be again on in just a few weeks, however within the meantime, I’ll proceed to submit on Fb and Instagram,” Foley wrote Friday. “I hope all of you can be variety to 1 one other.
“Please vote should you can too — our democracy appears to be hanging on by a thread,” he added. (Foley’s Twitter account seems to have been deactivated.)
Goldberg, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning co-host of “The View,” introduced on the ABC speak present Monday that she is “completed with Twitter” in the intervening time.
“I’ll get out, and if it settles down and I really feel extra snug possibly I am going to come again,” Goldberg mentioned on the present.
Goldberg’s account appeared to be deactivated as of Monday afternoon. Goldberg’s publicist didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The mannequin deactivated her Twitter account on Friday and defined her determination in a submit on Instagram, writing partly that the social media platform was “changing into an increasing number of of a cesspool of hate & bigotry.”
“I can not say it is a protected place for anybody, not a social platform that may do extra good than hurt,” Hadid wrote on Instagram.
Koppelman, a co-creator of the Showtime dramas “Billions” and “Tremendous Pumped: The Battle for Uber,” lately 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, which means solely accredited followers can see what he posts.
Larsen, a comic book e-book creator and artist best known for “The Amazing 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 e mail, Larsen confirmed he’s completed with Twitter.
“Yeah, I left. I mentioned I would depart if Musk purchased Twitter. Musk purchased Twitter,” he mentioned. “So, I had no selection. The transfer solely emboldened these most poisonous customers. The racists, ‘patriots’ and creeps are again in full power.”
“I’ve no regrets,” he added.
Leoni, an actor finest identified for starring on the CBS political drama “Madam Secretary,” tweeted to her roughly 124,000 followers Saturday: “Hello everybody. I’m coming off Twitter right this moment—let’s see the place we’re when the mud settles.
“Right now the mud has revealed an excessive amount of hate, an excessive amount of within the improper path,” Leoni added. “Love, kindness, and prospects for all of you.”
Morrison, a comic book e-book artist and illustrator who has labored on initiatives 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 depart even absent of a Trump return,” Morrison mentioned.
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.
Sirtis, an actor finest identified for enjoying Deanna Troi in “Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology,” deactivated her account and left the platform after the Musk takeover, her publicist confirmed in an e mail.
“If I wanted affirmation that leaving Twitter was the best transfer, Musk’s tweet in regards to the assault on Paul Pelosi (which he later deleted) and the avalanche of hate that I acquired once I introduced I used to be leaving, strengthened my determination,” Sirtis mentioned in an announcement.
The actor had vowed to depart in a tweet on Friday, writing: “I am sorry however I can’t be part of something owned by #ELONMUSK and his cabal of deplorable’s. I am going to keep on for a few days in order that we will say goodbye however after that I’m gone.”
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Sullenberger, the retired “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot who managed to land an airliner within the Hudson River with out the lack of a single life in 2009, tweeted Wednesday that he “might be taking a step again from the platform for now.”
He informed his followers to seek out him on Fb, LinkedIn or Instagram.
Winter, an actor and filmmaker finest identified 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 susceptible to hate speech, focused assaults, and the unfold of disinformation,” Winter mentioned in an e mail. “If Twitter returns to being a public firm run by rational actors, many people will return.”