Kieran Webber
Kieran Webber

Founder of CLUNK Magazine. Normally found hunched over his desk searching for new music.

Jack White takes a swipe at billionaire Twitter owner Elon Musk after his decision to reinstate Donald Trump to the social media platform

Another day, another bit of Twitter drama to fill the headlines. It’s become common place now to see a celebrity crying outrage at the new Twitter owner, Elon Musk. Some of it warranted and some of it plain ridiculous. Since Musk took over the social media platform there have been many cries for him to reinstate certain people, people such as former American President Donald Trump.

Elon recently held a poll on his platform that he claims to be a town square, asking of people wanted him to be returned. The people spoke and Donald Trump was reinstated, much to the ire of the world. The silver lining is though we may get to see some great spelling mistakes such as “Coffeve” again. Although, let’s be honest we could all do without the ramblings of an authoritarian wotsit!

Naturally many people headed to Twitter (and other platforms) to voice their concern over Donald Trump’s return. One said person was the infamous rock star Jack White, who had this to say via his Instagram:

Jack White continued with a comment on the post saying:

“Shame on you for giving trump and other professional liars the platform you are now in control of, and shame on anyone who does. And shame on you if you think it’s no big deal. It is. I’ve never had a personal twitter account thankfully (it’s mostly a sea of negativity if you ask me), but I will now be deactivating my record label Third Man Records account from Twitter. It’s a shame that our label’s artists will lose a social media outlet to promote their art, and i apologize to our artists for having to do this, but we are not going to even tangentially support you or this platform that will help conspiracy spreading liars and out of touch narci-capitalists tear this country apart, all for trump’s ego and your tax break agenda.

(We’ll also be taking a look at other platforms as well and decide about them accordingly, but this first. it’s not easy when wanting the best for other artists.) And it doesn’t matter if trump and/or his lying ilk actually use the platform again or not, your message and motives are clear, and showing his past tweets/lies is proof that you want that misinformation out there. For what positive reason could you possibly want that?

You should return to using your money and influence in ways that help the world like the electric car did, not in ways that bring negativity and division to the populace. And no, this isn’t “funny” either Elon, it’s dangerous. Enjoy your newfound power as a “freedom of speech” purveyor but remember that the violence and division that occurs based on those tweeting lies is directly related to you giving them a platform.”

No matter where you stand you cannot deny that Jack White makes some very solid points and by taking Third Man Records off the platform, proves this is not performative.

Let us know what you think!