Keith Olbermann declared his departure from Twitter with a fervent series of tweets on Tuesday night, sparking widespread celebration.
Reacting to a removed tweet by Elon Musk that mentioned the Pizzagate conspiracy, Olbermann announced his decision to stop using the social media platform. He conspicuously altered his profile images to display prominent red signs stating “F*** Elon Musk.”
“After Musk’s endorsement of the QAnon Pizzagate conspiracy theory, I won’t be posting here any more,” Olbermann tweeted. “Besides the fact that Elon Musk is an antisemite and a moron who will eat the latest shit one of his sycophants hands him, Twitter is no longer an effective means of promotion,” he added.
Clever move, Olbermann, as making a bold, eye-catching statement on the very platform you're protesting is indeed an effective strategy. His first post declaring his exit has garnered over 2.2 million views by Wednesday morning at 8 a.m.
Interestingly, Olbermann isn't fully exiting, as he has stated his dog rescue account will stay active. This account features a promotion for his podcast and a profile picture showcasing his face, maintained because “dogs' lives are more important than my disgust.”
If you're going to depart from Twitter as a bold statement, then a complete exit is necessary. It's not quite straightforward to criticize a platform as "antisemitic" while simultaneously capitalizing on the universal appeal of cute dogs to subtly maintain a presence there, all under the guise of taking a moral stand – that's not a very brave approach.
While I'd like to say "good riddance", I suspect he'll make a return. His current slide into irrelevance and the diminishing returns of affirmation from his supporters for "standing up" might lose their appeal. Predictably, he might revert to the platform when his efforts elsewhere fail to draw significant attention, akin to how his 2017 vow to quit political commentary unraveled in a week, reminiscent of his past experiences as a repeatedly dismissed anchor.
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