In one of many account restorations under Elon Musk, the Babylon Bee returned to the platform and immediately returned to its hilarious parody. The Bee, unable to tweet since being banned in March, didn’t waste time trolling the left with promises of future hilarity.
Take a look as the Bee pounced on the opportunity to poke fun at things to come:
We're back. Let that sink in.
— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) November 18, 2022
Prior to the ban being lifted, and anticipation of it happening, a separate Bee-affiliated account posted this article from their website:
Babylon Bee Writers Struggling To Think Of Joke Worth $44 Billion
U.S. — Babylon Bee writers are scrambling to come up with a last-minute new joke worth the $44 billion Elon Musk spent to bring the satirists back on Twitter.https://t.co/xdCxDuKKzI
— The Babylon Bee via RSS (@BabylonBeeRSS) October 28, 2022
As mentioned, the Babylon Bee was suspended in March of 2022. The permanent suspension came as the result of the Bee reacting to the Biden administration’s celebration of Rachel Levine, the Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, as the “Woman of the Year.” The New York Post reported at the time:
Twitter locked the account of a right-leaning parody site, The Babylon Bee, after it awarded Rachel Levine, the transgender Biden administration official, the title of “man of the year.”
The Babylon Bee story was a reaction to USA Today’s naming of Levine, who is US assistant secretary for health for the US Department of Health and Human Services, as one of its “women of the year” last week.
Twitter says it will restore the account, which has more than 1.3 million followers, if the Bee deletes the tweet, but CEO Seth Dillon says he has no intention of doing so.
“We’re not deleting anything,” Dillon tweeted from his personal account. “Truth is not hate speech. If the cost of telling the truth is the loss of our Twitter account, then so be it.”
Following the ban, Elon Musk reached out to Seth Dillon to discuss the situation. During the conversation, Musk joked that maybe he should just buy the platform in order to preserve free speech.
Musk reached out to us before he polled his followers about Twitter's commitment to free speech. He wanted to confirm that we had, in fact, been suspended. He even mused on that call that he might need to buy Twitter. Now he's the largest shareholder and has a seat on the board.
— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) April 5, 2022
Musk reached out to us before he polled his followers about Twitter’s commitment to free speech. He wanted to confirm that we had, in fact, been suspended. He even mused on that call that he might need to buy Twitter. Now he’s the largest shareholder and has a seat on the board.
Less than a month later, Musk famously offered $44 billion to buy the company outright, even offering more than it would seem Twitter was worth at the time. Musk was willing to pay $54.20 per share at a time when Twitter was trading in the mid-$40 range.
Musk has long described free speech as vital to a functioning democratic society. During the initial months of his Twitter enterprise, he reiterated that “[f]ree speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.” Making good on his promise, Musk brought back the Babylon Bee.
If the woke left can’t handle different opinions, that’s on them. For now, we can’t wait to see what the Bee does next!
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