Earlier this week, Elon Musk discovered a significant moment in Twitter history and shared it with the world. There was a stack of black shirts inside Twitter HQ that had the words “#StayWoke” scrawled across the front, hidden in one of the closets.
Musk claimed in a since-deleted tweet that the demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, after the 2014 killing of Michael Brown, 18, by a police officer, were the inspiration for the shirts.
Musk then added, “Obama’s own DOJ confirmed this & exonerated the officer,” to the tweet, which he later removed and replaced with a link to a copy of the federal study that found no conclusive proof that Brown had his hands up.
Anyway, when Musk saw the worn-out shirts in an empty room, he couldn’t help but giggle. I’ve heard there are a lot of them on Twitter these days.
He tagged the video with two laughing emojis and said, “Found in a closet at Twitter HQ fr.”
In the video, Musk remarks, “Here we are at the merchandise stuff, and there’s a whole, an entire wardrobe full of hashtag woke T-shirts.”
Although they were produced about ten years ago, does a stack of #StayWoke shirts not adequately capture Twitter’s recent history? Musk actually purchased the site for this purpose when he initially did.
However, as of Wednesday afternoon, the video had over 15 million views and over 85,000 retweets. One of them was a former employee of Twitter named “Sio,” who in response to Musk’s tweet made the straightforward appeal, “Please don’t throw these shirts away.” Elon hasn’t said what he plans to do with the relics, but I’m certain he will inform us.
Dinesh D’Souza, a pundit on politics, tagged Elon Musk in a tweet on Monday that stated, “We don’t hear much about Democrats and lefties being welcomed back on Twitter. Why? as they were never ever dismissed in the first place. They merely eluded detection for their falsehoods. Conservatives have been targeted by censorship in a one-way effort.
Musk just said, “Correct,” in response.
Prior to that, Musk said on Sunday that he will handle the problem of child trafficking on the site. In response to a Twitter user who stated that Musk had “begun tackling the issue of uploading child sexual exploitation material on Twitter following years of the platform’s passivity on the topic under former management,” Musk said, “Priority #1.”