Elon Musk took to Twitter on Wednesday to troll critics and former employees of his company in a new Twitter merchandise reveal.
The day after Musk found and revealed a closet full of “stay woke” t-shirts at Twitter headquarters — a catchphrase often used by those on the ideological Left — the new Twitter boss retconned the design and reveal a new “Stay at work” shirt.
“Awesome new Twitter merch!” he captioned the photo.
A split photo of Tesla CEO Elon Musk at the Offshore Northern Seas 2022 (ONS) meeting in Stavanger, Norway on August 29, 2022 and a t-shirt he posted to Twitter that reads “Stay at work” on Nov. 24, 2022. (Twitter/@elonmusk /CARINA JOHANSEN/NTB/AFP via Getty Images)
The new design, which could be just a meme, is a reference to Musk’s changing or work policy at Twitter. After he took over the platform, Musk ended remote work for employees, a convenience that was made widely available under the coronavirus pandemic.
In a mass email on Nov. 9, Musk said there was “no way to sugarcoat the message” and that employees should expect changes concerning office policy.
The email allegedly said Musk will discontinue remote work and will be requiring employees to be in the office for at least 40 hours per week. Any exceptions would need his personal approval, Bloomberg reported.
Elon Musk spent $44 billion to acquire the social media company Twitter. (Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
He echoed these requirements in an all-hands meeting with Twitter employees, Platformer Managing Editor Zoe Schiffer reported in a tweet.
“If you can physically make it to an office and you don’t show up, resignation accepted,” he said on Nov. 10.
The changes were implemented within two weeks of Musk completing his $44 billion acquisition of the company.
On Tuesday, Musk posted a video of him and another person finding an entire “secret closet” full of shirts that read: #StayWoke.
“Here we are at the [merchandise] thing and there’s an entire closet full of hashtag woke,” Musk said. An unidentified person off-camera added: “A secret closet.”
A split image of the “woke” t-shirts found in a closet at Twitter headquarters. (Twitter/@elonmusk)
In the aftermath of the purchase, critics have vocalized concerns Musk’s push to enable “free speech” on the platform would allow discrimination, insults, and fake news to flourish.
Musk has since highlighted that “hate speech impressions” are down by a third, an accolade he credited to the remaining Twitter employees.
Others criticized Musk’s decision to reinstate previously banned users like former President Donald Trump and the satirical website Babylon Bee.