Celebs Drag Elon Musk Through The Mud After Losing Their 'Blue Ticks' on Twitter: “Joining You All Tomorrow Unverified”
Twitter has erupted in chaos once again. But this time the mass hysteria is over the disappearing legacy blue check marks from the profiles of notable public figures and celebrities. A hoard of celebrities said goodbye to the prominent blue tick from their profiles and joined us regular folks to “tweet unbothered.” According to The Guardian, the blue checkmarks began to disappear from formerly verified Twitter accounts on April 20, 2023 as policies implemented under Elon Musk began to take effect. While celebs got mad at this bizarre change on the social media platform, some users bid a humorous farewell to their verified status.
Twitter users have to pay a fee of $8 per month in order to keep their checkmarks and even the legacy verified accounts will be affected by this new Twitter rule, per HuffPost. Among some famous celebrity figures, actress Halle Berry poked fun at the new Twitter plan. She shared a throwback video of her from 1998, strutting onto the stage and captioned it “joining you all tomorrow unverified." Abbot Elementary creator Quinta Brunson also took a dig at the messed up social media platform by tweeting: “This really works out for me because I was planning on never using this website again after tonight, anyway. Just wanted to stay to give Abbott updates.” To add to the mockery, the tweet was also accompanied by a picture of a young Nicole Kidman after her divorce from Tom Cruise was finalized.
This really works out for me because I was planing on never using this website again after tonight, anyway. Just wanted to stay to give Abbott updates :)— quinta brunson (@quintabrunson) April 19, 2023
By the way, Thanks to our fans here for watching and sharing all season ❤️ I will be like this tomorrow though https://t.co/hEZHvdEH3q pic.twitter.com/Xo6Zk5VUn2
Screenshot this in case it's not there tomorrow: ☑️— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) April 19, 2023
Actress Kerry Washington tweeted a reaction gif of herself shrugging and Mark Hamill asked followers to screenshot a blue check mark emoji “in case it’s not there” on April 20. Other public figures such as Rachel Zegler, Robin Thede and Valerie Bertinelli were among the several famous personalities who lost their blue tick and tweeted about this issue with a dash of humor and disappointment.
Me, tweeting unbothered even when I’m no longer verified 💁🏽♀️ pic.twitter.com/ltfZjb5Tad— Robin Thede (@robinthede) April 20, 2023
as lucy gray baird once said, “nothing you can take from me was ever worth keeping.” https://t.co/Otj0cP22wQ— rachel zegler (she/her/hers) (@rachelzegler) April 19, 2023
But the blue verification check did not disappear all of a sudden since the Twitter CEO had previously teased that the platform would be removing blue check marks starting April 1. Some legacy verified accounts still retained their check marks next to them as of early Thursday, April 20. This drastic change on the platform was definitely chaotic as several high-profile users took to the platform to declare that they are not willing to adhere to Twitter’s new policy. Some even announced that they will quit the platform entirely.
It is amazing how within a few months Elon Musk turned the blue check mark from a “status symbol” to “THIS MF’ER PAID FOR TWITTER”. It has become an object of utter mockery.— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) April 20, 2023
Quite a remarkable achievement really. https://t.co/3jLAILUN5U
I say this as a long-time verified account who got hacked several months ago and JUST got my verified account back: suck it. https://t.co/dEJa21qTML— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) April 19, 2023
Could you maybe delete the app from my phone, too, and also throw the phone in a river? https://t.co/pIxNkvZLuX— Jeffrey Wright 🥜 (@jfreewright) April 20, 2023
The removal of the verification checkmark raised some serious concerns as impersonators of legitimate organizations and people rose to an insane number. Misinformation was also spread regarding several topics such as a fake John McCain tweeting that his plane had crashed and a fake Jeff Bezos tweeting that he is shockingly dissolving Amazon. We can only hope Musk takes some conscious action to save the social media platform from doom.
Oh good, now we can bring back this meme. pic.twitter.com/blhZGRg3ds— Kommander Karl (@kommanderkarl) April 19, 2023
You can keep the check mark, I’ll rather let me children have a plate of food than to pay for a blue tick that doesn’t benefit them at all.— 𝙵𝚊𝚒𝚣𝚎𝚕 𝙿𝚊𝚝𝚎𝚕 (@FaizelPatel143) April 19, 2023