Dionne Warwick is not totally impressed with Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, now known as X. Earlier this week, People asked the singer what she thought of Musk’s plan to remove the social media platform’s blocking feature.
“I have yet to speak to that young man and I intend to because I am not quite sure what he’s doing or if he knows what he’s doing,” Warwick replied. “So until that happens, I’ll reserve my answer to that question.”
Whether Warwick actually has plans to speak with Musk remains to be seen, however the singer has historically been very vocal about her feelings on Musk’s approach. Last year, she said she “had to meet him.”
“I know a lot of people have walked away from Twitter,” she said last December. “That’s prior to knowing exactly what he’s going to do. He’s new to the game. His attitude is freedom of speech, which is mine as well. However, there’s a way to do it. That’s one of the conversations I’m going to have with him. What is your true intent? I understand your freedom of speech attitude but how are you going to contain it, so it does not get out of hand?”
In August, Musk responded to a post from Tesla Owners Silicon Valley that read: “Is there ever a reason to block vs mute someone?” He confirmed, “Block is going to be deleted as a ‘feature’, except for DMs.” While that hasn’t yet been put in place, many users have expressed serious concern about the plan to remove the block feature.
Over the weekend, Musk doubled down on his absurd claims that the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish nonprofit, had somehow tanked the website he personally ran into the ground. On Monday, he blamed the ADL for the preponderance of antisemitism on X and insisted that they were out to destroy the website.
“Since the acquisition, The @ADL has been trying to kill this platform by falsely accusing it & me of being anti-Semitic,” he complained. He also threatened a defamation suit against the organization, at one point calculating that they had cut his company’s value in half, making them liable for a loss of some $22 billion.