Ice Cube returned from a trip to Morrison, Colorado last week where he performed at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheater alongside Cypress Hill, E-40 and Too $hort for the annual 420 on the Rocks show.
Now presumably back at home in Los Angeles, the N.W.A legend has turned his attention to Twitter, which is currently blowing up with news surrounding Elon Musk, the social media giant’s new owner.
On Monday (April 25), Ice Cube was seemingly overjoyed by the recent development and tweeted, “Free at last! @elonmusic take off my shadow ban homie.”
Free at last! @elonmusk take off my shadow ban homie…
— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 25, 2022
Twitter’s board accepted Elon Musk’s offer just hours before Ice Cube’s tweet, landing at about $44 billion. According to the New York Times, Twitter agreed to sell it to Musk for $54.20 a share, a 38 percent premium over the company’s share price this month before he revealed he was the firm’s single largest shareholder.
“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said in a statement. “I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential — I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it.”
I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 25, 2022
Of course, skepticism is flying surrounding the purchase. While Twitter isn’t the biggest social platform — it has more than 217 million daily users, compared with billions for Facebook and Instagram — it consistently shapes narratives around the world. But it’s also a breeding ground for extreme harassment, hate and the spreading of misinformation. During Donald Trump’s presidency, he frequently turned to Twitter to insult and inflame before he was finally kicked off the platform in January following the Capitol riot.
Elon Musk, 50, is the founder, CEO and Chief Engineer at SpaceX as well as an early-stage investor, the CEO and Product Architect of Tesla, Inc., founder of The Boring Company and co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI. As of this month, he has an estimated net worth of around $273 billion, making him the wealthiest person in the world according to both the Bloomberg Billionaires Index and Forbes real-time billionaires list.
Check out some of the reactions to Twitter’s acquisition below.
Shaun King is just jealous that @elonmusk is *actually* African-American pic.twitter.com/iZPhoK9Q91
— Lauren Chen (@TheLaurenChen) April 25, 2022
Just saying. #ElonMusk pic.twitter.com/bugAtsREGQ
— Michele Houser (@michelelhouser) April 16, 2022
"You can find me on Instagram if Elon Musk buys Twitter" is the new "I'm moving to Canada if Donald Trump becomes President."
— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) April 25, 2022
Elon Musk: I’m getting rid of Black Twit—
Black Twitter: pic.twitter.com/PeWbETflzx
— Mamba Out ✌?✌? (@kcjj_04) April 25, 2022
I know Elon Musk buying Twitter is good but what if he says we start paying to be here ? pic.twitter.com/DaMcQ7WPIW
— ???? (@zionodey) April 25, 2022
Elon Musk paid for @twitter $44 billion dollars. 2 1/2 times more than what Pakistan has in Foreign Reserves and probably half of what it’s leaders have in their personal bank accounts.
— Mir Mohammad Alikhan (@MirMAKOfficial) April 25, 2022