Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails has had quite enough of Twitter under the rule of new owner Elon Musk and has decided to leave the platform because it has become a “toxic environment.”
Reznor told The Hollywood Reporter:
That’s certainly fair and Reznor has every right to 86 whatever he feels isn’t in his own best interest. More and more people are deleting their Twitter accounts, which should have Musk worried because the number of users directly impacts his ad revenue, which the social media platform badly needs to help pay off the $44 billion Musk spent to acquire Twitter in October.
Rather than respect Reznor’s decision, however, Musk decided he’d attack the musician.
That led to an immediate reaction from some of Reznor’s fans, one of whom called Musk out, which elicited another snarky reaction from the billionaire.
But Musk got more than he bargained for, with actor Wil Wheaton posting a lengthy diatribe aimed squarely at the Twitter CEO in which he accused him of being an insecure and arrogant child.
“I can not fathom the emptiness, the insecurity, the insatiable need for attention and validation, the staggering arrogance, the malevolence and total void of human experience that is Elon Musk.
He’s the richest man on the planet. You can’t go anywhere or do anything without interacting with something he’s part of in some way. There are literal millions of people who uncritically worship him, in spite of overwhelming evidence that he’s a douchebag. Some number of them will come after me, as they come after anyone who points at their naked emperor. They’ll spend entire days going after me and people like me, slavishly serving a man who does not even know they exist. They are his army of fools, uncritically serving his every whim. And it still isn’t enough.
He can have any material thing he wants, and he will *never* be happy or satisfied. He has no real friends. Every single person around him is either a viper, a parasite, or both.
So what does he do? He bullies and threatens and harasses and trolls and behaves like the weak, scared, insecure child he has always been. That’s a tragedy for him, but it’s dangerous for us. He doesn’t care what he destroys or who he hurts as he chases this existential thing he can not ever have.
You know the saying “hurt people hurt people”? He’s a hurt person who is hurting our society, making people I care about less safe. The consequences of this one man’s midlife crisis are global, and that terrifies me.