Nationally syndicated radio host Dana Loesch torched Nine Inch Nails rocker Trent Reznor over the announcement that he was “planning to quit Twitter” in the aftermath of changes new owner Elon Musk had made to the social media platform.
Reznor, who ultimately left the platform on Sunday, complained that the Musk takeover was an “embarrassment” and said that he had even been thinking of leaving before the billionaire entrepreneur got behind the wheel.
“I’m about to leave. We don’t need the arrogance of the billionaire class to feel like they can just come in and solve everything,” Reznor said, adding, “Even without him involved, I just find that it has become such a toxic environment. For my mental health, I need to tune out. I don’t feel good being there anymore”
Loesch responded to the news in a tweet, saying, “‘Planning to quit?’ FFS the attention-seeking drama.”
“Planning to quit?” FFS the attention-seeking drama. https://t.co/A8CiKb4c4r
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 21, 2022
“He made some great music but he is just an industrial Karen. When he’s not bitching about women or God, it’s TEH MAN,” she continued.
Elon Musk mentioned the departure in a comment directed at the popular Twitter account @Catturd2.
“Breaking … 48 hours since @elonmusk reinstated President Trump’s Twitter account and the world still hasn’t ended,” @Catturd2 tweeted on Monday.
And it turns out that Trent “nine inch nails” Reznor is actually a crybaby 🤣
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 21, 2022
“And it turns out that Trent ‘nine inch nails’ Reznor is actually a crybaby,” Musk responded.
White Stripes frontman Jack White also announced his departure from Twitter on Sunday, tying the move directly to the fact that Musk — after conducting a poll — reinstated the long-banned account belonging to former President Donald Trump.
White’s post read, in part, “So you gave Trump his Twitter platform back. Absolutely disgusting, Elon. That is officially an asshole move. Why don’t you be truthful? Tell it like it is; people like you and Joe Rogan (who gives platforms to liars like Alex Jones etc); you come into a ton of money, see the tax bill, despise paying your fair share, and then think moving to Texas and supporting whatever Republican you can is going to help you keep more of your money. (How else could Trump possibly interest you?) You intend to give platforms to known liars and wash your hands
like Pontius Pilate and claim no responsibility?”
White went on to blame Trump for the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill — among other things — and continued, “That’s not ‘free speech’ or ‘what the poll decided’ or whatever nonsense you’re claiming it to be; this is straight up you trying to help a fascist have a platform so you can eventually get your tax breaks. I mean, how many more billions do you need that you have to risk democracy itself to obtain it?”
The rocker praised Musk’s work at Tesla, but then pivoted back to attack him again, arguing that giving Trump a platform was no different than him allowing the KKK to hold a rally on a stage he owned.
“You took on a big responsibility with your purchase, and ‘free speech’ isn’t some umbrella that protects you from that,” he said.