Stephen King celebrated on Twitter for forcing Elon Musk to price Blue Checkmark

Stephen King promotes "Under the dome" at North Point Boulevard Walmart on November 11, 2009 in Dundalk, Maryland.

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StephenKing Fans would never have thought that the author’s greatest opus between good and evil would take place on Twitter of all places. But that’s exactly what appears to be happening after Elon Musk finally finished taking over Twitter and quickly began making some highly controversial regime changes.

Along with handing out pink notes to executives almost immediately and threatening to reinstate suspended (with good reason) accounts, Musk’s most controversial decision yet may be announcing that he will soon start charging users for keeping their verified blue ticks which completely defeats the purpose of verified accounts.

But when news broke that Musk was planning to charge users $20 a month to keep their blue ticks, it didn’t take long for outrage to spread. The 75-year-old horror novelist seemed particularly outraged, tweeting Monday that they should pay him to stay on the platform and that he would be “gone like Enron” if they charged him for review.

In response, Musk appeared to stick his cock between his legs. “We’ve got to pay the bills somehow!” he replied the next day. “Twitter cannot rely entirely on advertisers. How about $8?”

Though Musk never commented on the original leak about charging $20, Musk doubled down in a couple of follow-up tweets on Tuesday after King’s tweet continued to go viral (without ever acknowledging the 51-year-old SpaceX founder’s response).

“Twitter’s current lords [and] The pawn system for those who may or may not have a blue tick is bullsh*t,” he wrote Tuesday afternoon with an apparent lack of understanding of how lords and pawns work. “Power to the people! Blue for $8/month.”

In another tweet, he reiterated that the cost would be $8 to appease the “complainants.”

As Musk continued to fiddle around with the very expensive platform he now owns and clearly doesn’t understand how to make money, people started lobbying Stephen King of all people because apparently he was the one getting under the guy’s skin . After all, Elon Musk is a billionaire, and it only takes a tweet from Stephen King to fully expose his negotiation tactics? Who is this guy anyway?!

On Wednesday morning, King was trending on Twitter as people defended him as apparently the biggest hurdle in the acquisition while slamming Musk for his negotiating skills.

Even Jorts the cat had some cheek for Musk!

But let’s just hope Musk never decides to open a business school, as some people pointed out:

Regardless of whether Musk decides to charge users $20, $8, or $2 to keep their Twitter verification, the inherent flaw in his logic is that it’s not the cost that people care about — as King himself also pointed this out — but the absolute hubris of believing people would pay for the honor.

Perhaps most companies and some celebrities will, but the majority of the platform just doesn’t care enough about having a blue tick next to their name because a billionaire made a bad investment. But we hope Elon enjoys his new toy! Stephen King celebrated on Twitter for forcing Elon Musk to price Blue Checkmark

Lindsay Lowe

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