Comedy Is Now Legal on Twitter meme and tweet from Elon Musk.

Comedy Is Now Legal on Twitter

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Updated Oct 06, 2023 at 06:33PM EDT by Zach.

Added Oct 06, 2023 at 03:41PM EDT by Owen.

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Comedy Is Now Legal on Twitter is a notorious tweet posted by Twitter / X CEO Elon Musk soon after his acquisition of the website in late 2022. While he did not explain the exact meaning behind it, many perceived that the tweet was meant to signify Musk's goal of allowing more freedom of speech on Twitter under his leadership. Going into 2023, the catchphrase was repeatedly used by critics to mock Musk and his decisions, such as Twitter's Rebrand to X, often surfacing in discourse in which people felt he was hindering free speech on Twitter / X, such as censoring or deleting satirical posts meant to criticize him and his associates.

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On October 28th, 2022, Elon Musk posted the "Comedy is now legal on Twitter" statement to X,[1] offering no further follow-up posts or explanations though many assumed it was in reference to his numerous statements about promoting free speech on his newly acquired website.[8] The post received roughly 2.2 million likes in one year (shown below).


Elon Musk @elonmusk Living the dream Comedy is now legal on Twitter 9:16 PM Oct 28, 2022. Twitter for iPhone 261.6K Retweets 39.3K Quote Tweets 2.3M Likes

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Soon after its upload, the tweet inspired various reactions and memes. For instance, on October 28th, 2022, X[2] user @jaubreyYT quoted Elon Musk with a POV image of a gun pointed at him, writing, "Does that mean I can post this," gaining over 98,700 likes in one year (shown below, left). Similarly, X[3] user @weirddalle quoted Musk with a meme writing, "Finally," gaining over 7,200 likes in a year (shown below, right).


j aubrey @jaubreyYT Does that mean I can post this ANAO DEL TODA Elon Musk Comedy is now legal on Twitter @elonmusk • Oct 28, 2022 7:37 PM Oct 28, 2022 Subscribe Finally no context memes @weirddalle NICE JUKE B Subscribe ACTUALLY HERE'D YOU GET IT? JOKE.COM? REDDIT.COM 12:01 PM Oct 29, 2022 Elon Musk X @elonmusk. Oct 28, 2022 Comedy is now legal on Twitter NEVER MESS WITH THE REDDIT NATION AGAIN ifunny.co

In early November 2022, accounts that were banned by Musk used his statement to satirize his claim and emphasize his apparent lack of actual free speech beliefs. Most notably, comedian Kathy Griffin was suspended around this time because she changed her name to Elon Musk following the Twitter Blue Verified Impersonations trend. On November 7th, 2022, X[4] user @YourAnonCentral posted a screenshot of Griffin's banned account, gaining roughly 3,700 likes in 11 months (shown below, left).

On November 5th, X[5] user @Leo_Puglisi6 tweeted a photo of another Musk impersonator with the username @chaser, gaining roughly 2,300 likes in 11 months (shown below, right).


Anonymous @YourAnonCentral Comedy is now legal on Twitter unless you are making jokes about Elon Musk. Elon Musk @kathygriffin 1,310 Following 2M Followers. Account suspended Twitter suspends accounts that violate the Twitter Rules. Learn more 11:29 PM Nov 7, 2022 . Leonardo Puglisi @Leo_Puglisi6 "comedy is now legal on twitter" Elom Musk 8,329 Tweets Elom Musk @chaser Caution: This account is temporarily restricted You're seeing this warning because there has been some unusual activity from this account. Do you still want to view it? Yes, view profile 3:59 AM Nov 5, 2022 :

Going into early 2023, viral satirical usage of "Comedy Is Now Legal on Twitter" persisted on the platform. For instance, on February 24th, 2023, X[6] user @SaeedDiCaprio tweeted a photo of a community note with the catchphrase, gaining roughly 15,200 likes in eight months (shown below, left).

In October 2023, usage of the phrase peaked once again following JUNlPER's Twitter Ban, evident in another tweet posted by X[7] user @SaeedDiCaprio on October 6th, gaining roughly 51,500 likes in less than a day (shown below, right).


Hurt CoPain @SaeedDiCaprio "comedy is now legal on twitter" Chris Munn @chrisxmunn 1d Everyone is moving to Texas and I see why. This is Galveston, TX. Got to be americas best kept secret. Readers added context they thought people might want to know Subscribe This photo is in Nice France on the Cote D'Azur. exploringworldsoldandnew.com/france- europe/... 9:36 AM Feb 24, 2023 383.7K Views . Hurt CoPain @SaeedDiCaprio wait I thought comedy was now legal on twitter ?? ← Press pudding person @JUNIPER Follows you 2,758 Following 259.3K Followers Subscribe Account suspended X suspends accounts that violate the Our Rules. 11:45 AM. Oct 6, 2023 1.6M Views ... €9

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Elon Musk @elonmusk Legalize comedy 3:25 AM 13 Jan 21 - Twitter for iPhone 78.8K Retweets 9,403 Quote Tweets 831K Likes Elon Musk @elonmusk Living the dream Comedy is now legal on Twitter 4:16 PM - 28 Oct 22. Twitter for iPhone 262K Retweets 39.8K Quote Tweets 2.4M Likes Elon Musk @elonmusk Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying "parody" will be permanently suspended 4:53 PM 06 Nov 22. Twitter for iPhone 17.1K Retweets 18.7K Quote Tweets 134K Likes ... Screamer Jim @HeheWaitWhut Comedy is now legal on Twitter Donald Trump Jr. @DonaldJTrumpJr . Oct 28, 2022 I think we have a best seller!!! opretteena SPIRIT THE GREATEST PRESIDENT OF ALL TIME!!! INCLUDES: PERFECT HAIR AWESOMENESS SEXY DANCE WINNING!!! ADULT Size Costume ONE SIZE FITS MOST 12:09 PM . Oct 29, 2022 from Los Angeles, CA : eve6 @Eve6 Comedy is now legal on twitter Elon Musk @elonmusk Tweet A latte is really just an excuse for adults to order warm milk without sounding like a baby 10:50 AM 3/19/23 · 184K Views 2:26 PM Mar 19, 2023 185.2K Views ... David Gardner @byDavidGardner Follow We went from "comedy is now legal on Twitter" to "parody accounts will be perma-banned" in less than two weeks. Well done, everyone X Elon M... X@elon... Nov 6, 2022 Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying "parody" will be permanently suspended 6:04 PM Nov 6, 2022 Davram @davramdavram Follow Saying comedy is "now legal" on twitter and then declaring a comedian illegal for making a joke you don't like. Classic richest man in the world stuff. 7:29 PM . Nov 6, 2022 Weird Al Generations @WeirdAiGens Subscribe 'Comedy is now legal on twitter, unless you're making fun of me' 11:45 AM. Nov 7, 2022 dreambooth.fun

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Geigh Science
Geigh Science

honestly I'm shocked he hasn't cracked down on twitter porn, since the usual rightwing schtick is "hate speech is actually protected speech, sorry to trigger you libtards- but porn is the evil spawn of satan and the jews to corrupt our youth!"

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