Twitter’s new owner has received a backlash over his decision to charge verified users (Picture: Getty Images) Elon Musk said Monty PythonThe classic ‘argument’ sketch inspired his controversial decision to charge verified Twitter users to
Elon Musk said Monty PythonThe classic ‘argument’ sketch inspired his controversial decision to charge verified Twitter users to keep their blue tick.
The world’s richest man has shared a link to the 1970s skit, in which Michael Palin pays a fee at a clinic in order to have a run-in with John Cleese.
Musk agreed to cut his projected ticking fee to $8 a month from the $20 he originally suggested, following a backlash.
And the SpaceX the boss tweeted yesterday: ‘All complainers keep complaining but it will cost you £8.’
He added: “Totally stole the idea of charging for Monty Python’s insults and arguments tbh.”
Those unimpressed with the decision to start charging for ticks included American horror writer Stephen King.
The bestselling author commented: ’20 a month to keep my blue check? Damn that, they should pay me. If instituted, I’m gone like Enron.
Musk said: “We have to pay the bills one way or another!” Twitter cannot entirely rely on advertisers.
According to US reports, users will have 90 days to register or lose their blue tick. Twitter has not commented on the plans.
In the skit, Palin’s character asks for an argument and is told “try Mr. Barnard, room 12”.
He and Cleese start arguing and there are still five minutes left when he is told his time is up.
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