Comedian Kathy Griffin’s Twitter account has been suspended, seemingly for impersonating Elon Musk. Griffin had changed her name on Twitter to Elon Musk and was encouraging US citizens to vote for Democrats in the upcoming US midterm elections. The suspension comes after the Twitter CEO had said on Sunday that, “Any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended.”
As the news of the comedian’s perma-ban spread across the platform, Musk took a potshot at the Griffin. He replied to journalist Benny Johnson’s tweet announcing Griffin’s suspension “for impersonating @ElonMusk” saying, “Actually, she was suspended for impersonating a comedian.” He continued to add that if she wanted her account back, she could have it for $8. Griffin, who had resurfaced on the app through her mother’s account responded, calling him a “hack” for copying the joke which had been used before.
Musk has been grabbing headlines ever since his acquisition of the bird app, and recently even more so for his declaratory tweet, “Comedy is now legal on Twitter.” The self-proclaimed “Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator” is now facing tough questions about the major policy revamp that has brought to rise issues of property identification and misinformation, which has in turn had an effect on comedy on the platform and in this case, parody.