Elon Musk retweeted The Daily Wire’s groundbreaking documentary “What Is A Woman?” early Friday, after his own social media platform undermined its airing on Twitter hours earlier with a barrage of restrictions.
The Daily Wire posted the groundbreaking, 90-minute documentary starring Matt Walsh on Twitter, where it could be viewed for free for 24 hours, Thursday night to mark the one-year anniversary of its release and continue to drive the conversation about the radical transgender craze. But Twitter labeled the documentary as “hateful conduct” and restricted its visibility because of two instances of supposed “misgendering.” A few hours before its release, Musk had taken to Twitter to insist that it had been a mistake, yet the film was saddled with restrictions when it aired.
Early Friday, Twitter’s tag restricting the visibility of “What is a Woman?” was removed, allowing Twitter users to like and retweet the documentary, and Musk tweeted out the film to his 140 million followers.
“Every parent should watch this,” Musk wrote.
Every parent should watch this https://t.co/pIp6UP6vq8
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 2, 2023
The tweet promoting the film received over 1 million views within three hours of airing. The Daily Wire’s tweet of the movie had been viewed over 20 million times by Friday morning and had been retweeted nearly 40,000 times.
At issue was a father referring to his own daughter with feminine pronouns despite her identifying as transgender, and a storeowner addressing a hulking city councilman who also claimed to be female with a masculine pronoun. But Musk pledged late Thursday to allow the film to air without a “hateful conduct” label, saying that although he uses people’s preferred pronouns to be polite, it is a matter of free speech.
Someone at Twitter missed the memo.
“That was fast,” Daily Wire Co-CEO Jeremy Boreing tweeted when the film began airing and was restricted. “Even after Elon Musk said Twitter’s threat to label What Is A Woman “hateful conduct” and to throttle the film’s reach was a mistake, Twitter did that very thing instantly upon the film going live.”
Musk, who said the film was “definitely allowed” under the platform’s rules, later responded to a tweet from Walsh noting that, despite the film not appearing in users’ feeds, being flagged by Twitter as “hate speech,” and being barred from the platform’s trending list, it had still garnered massive numbers of views.
“Will be fixed tomorrow,” Musk replied.
Walsh responded to Musk’s tweet promoting the documentary Friday, thanking Musk.
“Wow. Thank you, Elon. We really appreciate it,” Walsh said.
Wow. Thank you, Elon. We really appreciate it. https://t.co/jaMnmfqARl
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 2, 2023
The documentary released last summer was watched by people in over 70 countries, even as legacy media reviewers ignored the film and its effect on the culture. Soon after its release, “What is a Woman?” became the most watched movie at home, according to Rotten Tomatoes, which also showed that audiences scored the film with a 97% rating.
The documentary arguably sparked a movement to protect children from the harmful effects of sex change procedures. Following the film’s release and Walsh’s subsequent rallies and events speaking out about the potentially tragic consequences of so-called “gender-affirming” care, at least a dozen states have banned transgender surgeries on minors.