Last week, the world's richest man, Elon Musk, finally followed through with his purchase of Twitter. Since then, the eccentric billionaire has made a series of controversial decisions, including firing many of the company's top executives and proposing a new fee for any user who's has a verified "blue check" badge on the social media app.
On November 1st, Musk tweeted a proposal to charge $8 for any user with a verified accoun, monetizing a system that's designed to prevent entertainers, companies, journalists, and other high-profile figures from being impersonated by random frauds on the social media giant.
Like many of Musk's ideas, the verification charge has caused quite a stir on Twitter, with people chiming in to quibble about the exact price or lambasting Musk for introducing a new fee altogether. Black Sabbath guitarist Geezer Butler used the opportunity to get in a good troll.
The metal pioneer replied to Musk's $8 charge tweet by saying, "if Twitter needs help paying the bills, my vote is still $6.66."
Listen, if those of us with blue checks are going to have to start shilling out just to keep our identities from being stolen online, then at least let the number be one us metalheads can be proud of — and always get a good chuckle out of every time $6.66 gets taken out of our bank accounts.
See Butler's hilarious exchange below.
If Twitter needs help paying the bills, my vote is still $6.66.— Geezer Butler (@geezerbutler) November 1, 2022