Jack White used social media to confront Elon Musk on Friday (Dec. 2) over Kanye West‘s newest pro-Nazi tweet and the billionaire’s seemingly selective views on free speech.
“So Elon, how’s that ‘free speech’ factor understanding?” the rocker wrote on Instagram in a scathing open letter to the controversial new proprietor of Twitter. “Oh, I see, so it’s important to CHOOSE who will get free speech and who doesn’t then? What sort of crybaby liberal suspends somebody’s free speech?
Whereas Ye’s account has as soon as once more been suspended, Musk has been a supporter of permitting the rapper to unfold his opinions — together with antisemitic views — on the platform beneath the guise of freedom of speech ever since he took over in October.
White additional in contrast West’s reinstatement on Twitter to Musk’s refusal to permit Alex Jones again on the platform, writing, “Conspiracy liar alex jones doesn’t get ‘free speech’ both? I see. So that you’re studying that these people incite violence and hatred however trump…DOESN’T? Hmmm. Or is it that liar jones, and anti-Semite egomaniac kanye can’t present tax breaks for billionaires the way in which the previous president might? Or that possibly the controller of this ‘free speech’ is insulted personally? Or that simply possibly, there must be, oh I don’t know, RULES and REGULATIONS or else you breed chaos?
“It’s good to observe in actual time as you be taught that every one issues have to be regulated, whether or not that be weapons, medication, alcohol, meeting, or speech due to the hazard of somebody or one thing being harm or destroyed,” he continued. “They’re typically referred to as ‘legal guidelines.’ And maybe you’re studying how dangerous it may be whenever you let harmful, hateful folks say no matter they need in your stage.”
The White Stripes alum went on to elucidate his resolution to show the feedback off on his publish, saying, “This isn’t a debate discussion board. That is me speaking on my entrance porch, not debating on the town sq.. I regulate the platforms i management too.”
He then ended the publish by urging Musk to “do the fitting factor…and don’t present different hate mongers a stage, allow them to go speak on the town sq.,” earlier than reminding readers, “(And no, twitter isn’t city sq. owned by the govt.., it’s a non-public firm owned by Elon Musk.)”
For his half, White was one in every of quite a few musicians and celebs to leave Twitter within the wake of Musk’s $44 billion takeover, notably following the businessman’s resolution to let former President Donald Trump again onto the social-networking web site through a public ballot.
Learn White’s full assertion to Musk beneath.