Neil Young is leaving X, formerly known as Twitter, amid alleged offensive comments made by owner Elon Musk.
Young joins a list of boycotters of the platform, in light of certain comments made by Musk, which have been widely condemned as anti-Semitic.
Other boycotters include Apple and Disney, after Elon Musk had claimed that he agreed with a post online, accusing “Jewish communities” of advancing “hatred against whites”.
This comes just weeks after Musk was mocked by Ukraine, who described him as a “tool of Moscow”, by spreading its “propaganda”, in a tense feud between the billionaire and the country.
Musk had previously mocked President Volodymyr Zelenskiy over his repeated pleas for wartime aid. More on this here.
Young Is “taking this action”
Taking to his Neil Young Archives Site, the singer wrote this message, confirming his departure from X/Twitter.
“We are stopping all use of X that we can control”, stated Young. “For reasons that should be obvious to the richest man on Earth, we are taking this action against his company”.
Elon Musk has since denied these allegations.
“This past week, there were hundreds of bogus media stories claiming that I am antisemitic,” Musk posted on X. “Nothing could be further from the truth. I wish only the best for humanity and a prosperous and exciting future for all”.
This past week, there were hundreds of bogus media stories claiming that I am antisemitic.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
I wish only the best for humanity and a prosperous and exciting future for all.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2023
Warner Bros, Lions Gate Entertainment, Paramount Global, Discovery, and Comcast have also put a buffer in front of their online ads and campaigns, in light of this recent controversy.