Celebrities complain about last day of free Twitter blue check
Elon Musk and co. is making a big change to Twitter starting this month — and it’s going to affect just about every verified celebrity out there … many of whom aren’t happy about it.
Of course we’re talking about the coveted blue ticks ̵[ads1]1; which for years have served as the official verification system on the bird app… to separate prominent public figures and other important people from all the norms. The word is that it will all come to an end in April.
going to bed tonight with my husband knowing it will all be over tomorrow morning pic.twitter.com/hYXKNrpsdt
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) 1 April 2023
Going forward, Elon has said he’s going to start charging people $8 per month for Twitter Blue subscriptions — giving them the option to buy their blue check. Not only that, but he ends with older verifications … that the abolition will start today, April 1st.
In other words, all the stars who have had official confirmation status are going to be just like the rest of us — and a good handful are already grieving, Chrissy Teigen including.
Friends, there are bigger issues in ????than the blue verified ✔️next to my name on this account. But without that, anyone can claim to be me. So if I lose it ✔️ I know I’m leaving this platform. Anyone who shows up with it = a fraud. I’m telling you this while I’m still official.
— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) March 28, 2023
She jokingly said goodbye to her blue check status with a sassy reply … indicating that she doesn’t raise money to stay verified. Ditto for a ton of other celebrities, some of whom seem genuinely annoyed by this. Jason Alexander says he’s gone if he loses the check.
William Shatner also recently sounded pretty annoyed about the lack of checks and balances in Twitter’s new space, writing… “Hey @elonmusk what’s this about blue checks disappearing unless we pay Twitter? I’ve been here 15 years giving my ⏰ & witty thoughts all for bupkis. Now you’re telling me I have to pay for something you gave me for free? What is this – Colombia Records & Tape Club?” And Dionne Warwickalso, the grasp of it.
I don’t pay for a blue check. That money can (and will) go towards my extra hot lattes. ????
— Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) 31 March 2023
She writes: “I’m not paying for a blue check. That money can (and will) go to my extra hot lattes.” Ice-T said something similar this week…promise to go checkless if pressed. As we reported… LeBron James promised something similar.
A lot of stars seem willing to lose their verification if it means they have to pay, but for now just about everyone still has their checks… so maybe this is an April fool?
Important to determine if someone actually belongs to an organization or not to avoid impersonation https://t.co/nFnr2hFvbY
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 31 March 2023
Probably not. Just a couple of days ago, Elon pointed people in the direction of Twitter’s Verified Organizations system — which appears to be aimed at making sure that companies, news organizations, and other notable entities continue to remain verified on Twitter … without impersonation.
Everyone else, though – including individual records, etc. – may have to pay out if they want their blue checks. It’s bound to be like *** show for a while…we’ll see where the chips land.
Good luck, you guys. And beware of scammers…something tells us there may be a few among us.