Actor Charlie Sheen made a public plea to Elon Musk on Twitter asking him to restore his blue checkmark after the actor lost it during a Twitter verification purge of legacy verified accounts. The purge was for those who refused to pay for Twitter Blue, Musk’s $8-a-month subscription service.
Sheen posted a tweet that read, “dear @elonmusk. I’m sorry your fancy rocket exploded in spectacular fashion. I’m certain you’ll build an even bigger and more explody one. Now, may I please have my blue check back? It would mean a lot to me. Thank you in advance, sincerely – c sheen.”
Sheen’s reference to the “fancy rocket” was in response to Musk’s SpaceX Starship, which exploded after takeoff in Boca Chica, Texas, on Thursday. The Starship is expected to take people to the moon and Mars in the future.
Musk replied to Sheen’s appeal by saying, “I feel your pain,” but did not indicate whether Sheen would be among the accounts whose costs he would cover.
On Saturday evening, Sheen’s blue checkmark was restored. The actor expressed his gratitude by tweeting, “oh my! it’s like Xmas and my birthday all at once! @elonmusk. I’m flushed with gratitude. Rock Star move, good sir.”
Musk has made several changes at Twitter since he took over as CEO in October, including slashing more than half of the staff and introducing content moderation tweaks. One of his proposed changes was a Twitter subscription service, where users could pay $8 a month to get a blue checkmark.
The blue checkmark was previously reserved for high-profile users on the site, but some users claim they were given a blue checkmark without paying for the subscription service.
Charlie Sheen’s public appeal for the restoration of his blue checkmark is just one of the many incidents that have occurred since Musk took over at Twitter.
His style of leadership and decision-making has been met with mixed reactions, and many are still waiting to see how his changes will affect the social media platform in the long run.
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