A number of celebrities threw a tantrum about having to pay for their blue checkmarks on Twitter.
Elon Musk decided to cover the costs for a few of them.
And Stephen King tried to attack Elon Musk over Twitter Blue. But Musk silenced him with one question.
Last week, Twitter began revoking the verified blue checkmarks for those who don’t pay $8 a month for the “Twitter Blue” subscription.
Celebrities were not happy about it.
And a slew of celebrities even threw a fit when their Twitter verification badges were revoked last week.
Damned if I do, damned if I don’t
Among those who went on a tirade about losing their blue checkmarks were Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Bette Midler, Alyssa Milano, and Jason Alexander.
But some celebrities complained that their checkmarks had been restored.
For example, author Stephen King was not pleased when his Twitter verification badge was restored by Elon Musk.
King noticed his verification badge was revoked and then quickly reinstated.
“My Twitter account says I’ve subscribed to Twitter Blue. I haven’t. My Twitter account says I’ve given a phone number. I haven’t,” the author tweeted out.
My Twitter account says I’ve subscribed to Twitter Blue. I haven’t.
My Twitter account says I’ve given a phone number. I haven’t.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 20, 2023
That’s when the billionaire owner of Twitter revealed he is personally paying for the Twitter Blue subscriptions of King, LeBron James, and Star Trek actor William Shatner.
That did not sit well with King.
King steps in it
Not happy with having his verification restored, King attempted to turn the situation into an opportunity to virtue-signal.
The radical leftist told Musk to give the $8 subscription fee to the Prytula Foundation.
The Prytula Foundation is a charity that describes its purpose as “strengthening the Defense Forces of Ukraine and providing assistance to the civilians affected by Russian aggression.”
“I think Mr. Musk should give my blue check to charity. I recommend the Prytula Foundation, which provides lifesaving services in Ukraine. It’s only $8, so perhaps Mr. Musk could add a bit more,” King tweeted out pompously.
Unfortunately for the horror writer, Elon Musk was ready for such a shameless ploy.
And Musk silenced King with one simple question.
“I’ve donated $100M to Ukraine, how much have you donated? (We turned down the DoD money btw),” Musk fired back at King.
Musk included an October of 2022 tweet from Ukraine’s digital minister Mykhailo Fedorov thanking the Tesla CEO for donating Starlink internet systems.
I’ve donated $100M to Ukraine, how much have you donated?
(We turned down the DoD money btw) https://t.co/wpLa6dTnP6
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 23, 2023
The SpaceX CEO sent Starlink internet systems to Ukraine shortly after the Russian invasion.
And in March of 2022, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Musk he was “grateful” for the Starlink systems.
“Talked to @elonmusk. I’m grateful to him for supporting Ukraine with words and deeds. Next week we will receive another batch of Starlink systems for destroyed cities. Discussed possible space projects. But I’ll talk about this after the war,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter.
As of the writing of this article, Stephen King has not replied to Musk.
Perhaps King’s many ghost writers were off last week.
Patriot Political will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.