Musk Fans Hate That He’s ‘Personally’ Paying for Celebrities’ Blue Checks

Elon Musk has stated his intention to replace Twitter’s verified blue checkmarks with a pay-to-play system, ostensibly to do rid of the “lords & peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark.”

Thursday, Musk announced that he was personally paying for checkmarks for a limited group of celebrities who had sworn not to pay themselves, including LeBron James, Stephen King, and William Shatner. This revelation enraged many of the $8-per-month contributors. “Charity for celebrities, but the poor foot the bill. hahaha,” a former Trump spokesperson, Katrina Pierson, who paid for her blue check, wrote. “So much for ‘equal treatment,’” complained another Twitter Blue user. “Lebron James is the only person who should not be protected. This contradicts everything you’ve said,” said another.

Others grumbled about having to pay $8 when they could scarcely afford it, whereas some superfans thought the move was hilarious. “Rare Elon L,” one user said. Yes, that is actually quite pitiful, replied another.