Kathy Griffin Banned from Twitter for Impersonating Elon Musk, Returns as Late Mother

"I guess not ALL the content moderators were let go? Lol"

Photo: Mike Ruiz (right)

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Nov 7, 2022

If Twitter wasn't already an absolute cesspool, it has certainly become one since Elon Musk became its owner.

In addition to his plans to charge people $20 — no, wait, it's $8 now? — for blue checkmarks, the bajillionaire tyrant has already laid down some new rules and regulations following an upsurge in accounts parodying him. Comedian and known Twitter beef-haver Kathy Griffin has fallen victim to these newfangled impersonation bans.

Doing her comedy thing, Griffin decided to make her Musk parody extra timely with the US midterm elections happening tomorrow (November 8). One of her tweets [via The Guardian] read: "After much spirited discussion with the females in my life. I've decided that voting blue for their choice is only right (They're also sexy females, btw.) #VoteBlueToProtectWomen."

"Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying 'parody' will be permanently suspended," Musk tweeted, adding that these suspensions would be issued without warning and that any name change would result in the loss of a precious blue tick — verification soon to be purchasable (post-midterms) through Blue, the platform's revamped subscription service.

When the news of Griffin's suspension broke, Musk tried his hand at comedy, joking that she had been suspended for "impersonating a comedian."

​Despite his restatement of the existing Twitter policy that users could parody other accounts if they were clearly marked as such, some apparently were still subject to bans even though they had labelled their accounts' trolling agendas.

Go write "Must not mock Musk" on the chalkboard 100 times to repent.

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