Elon Musk, persevering with his overhaul of Twitter, stated Tuesday he had stumbled upon a closet stuffed with “#StayWoke” t-shirts on the firm’s headquarters.
In a Twitter publish, Musk shared a video of a closet containing cabinets stacked with the “#StayWoke” t-shirts.
“Here we’re on the merch … and there’s a whole closet stuffed with hashtag woke t-shirts,” he says.
“An excellent closet,” somebody says off-camera.
Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey wore a “#StayWoke” t-shirt throughout an interview with journalist Peter Kafka for ReCode’s Code convention in 2016.
When requested to clarify his shirt, Dorsey stated the which means has advanced over time however “to me… it’s actually being conscious, and staying conscious, and preserve questioning.”
“Being awake, and eyes large open round what’s occurring on the earth,” Dorsey stated.
He then described, what he seen, had been discrepancies within the protection of the 2014 Ferguson, Missouri, unrest versus the truth on the bottom.
“And to me, that’s once I actually first noticed this phrase in motion — was ensuring that we’re telling our story, and we’re telling what’s on the bottom, and we noticed it dwell by Twitter,” he stated.
In the previous couple of years, the phrase has come to signify an embrace of progressive activism. With the rise of cancel tradition, many have interpreted “woke” to explain individuals who would somewhat silence their critics than take heed to them.
Musk’s takeover of Twitter late final month, following a chaotic back-and-forth authorized battle, was praised amongst conservative circles — lots of whom have been banned from Twitter — because the turning of the tide in opposition to “woke” tradition and beliefs.
Musk himself has been important of “wokeness.” Earlier this yr, he ripped Netflix as having a “woke thoughts virus” that makes the subscription streaming “unwatchable.”
In one other occasion, he jokingly tweeted his thought for a brand new sport known as “Woketopia … Battle for the Moral High Ground.”
Early Wednesday, Musk vowed that Twitter will “increasingly more over time” earn the belief of the folks “as we hew nearer to the reality.”