Actor Samuel L. Jackson mocked the furor over Twitter — and the recent takeover by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk — during a Tuesday morning appearance on “The View,” reminding the audience that Twitter wasn’t the real world and questioning whether Musk himself was real.
Jackson and his wife LaTanya Richardson Jackson punctuated the interview — which was supposed to be a promotion of their Broadway show “The Piano Lesson” — with a call to get out the vote and support Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) in his upcoming run-off election, among other things.
Joy Behar is "frightened for Twitter" because @elonmusk is supposedly letting "Nazis" take over the platform.
"I have no idea what he [Elon Musk] is. I don't even know if he is a real person," actor Samuel L. Jackson said. pic.twitter.com/DgZuRo5UK7
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“So, Sam, you’ve been also — you’ve also been known to clap back at a politician or two in your day, which I enjoy,” Joy Behar began. “What do you make of what’s happening now that Elon Musk has taken over Twitter. I’m a little frightened for Twitter, frankly, what about you?”
“Just quit it, you know,” Jackson replied, shaking his head. “There’s so many more important things that we have to deal with like we’re busy trying to get … Raphael Warnock elected.”
“Raphael Warnock,” LaTanya interrupted, talking over him. “Please go to the polls and vote.”
“As opposed to an idiot who probably doesn’t even have a Twitter account, that can’t use Twitter,” Jackson added, apparently referencing Warnock’s Republican challenger Herschel Walker — who does, in fact, have a Twitter account.
“That’s a big audience,” Behar objected. “These Nazis can come in on those social media …”
Jackson shrugged, adding, “Well those … people need to understand that, you know, everything that happens – Twitter is not a real world. You know, it’s a world for invisible people and —”
“And Brittney Griner is in the real world,” LaTanya interrupted again. “She’s in a real world. Tweet that.”
“Those are real world things that we need to deal with,” Jackson continued. “Elon Musk is … Elon Musk. You know, he’s — I have no idea what he is. I don’t even know if he is a real person.”
“He didn’t invent Tesla,” Behar asserted. “He’s a businessman.”
The Jacksons and “The View” co-hosts talked over each other for a few minutes, arguing over who had come up with the technology behind Tesla and prompting Whoopi Goldberg to wrap up the segment: “We don’t really care what Elon Musk is doing.”