Trent Reznor says he’s moving on from Twitter, and Elon Musk is taking it personally

A man with a goatee and a black leather jacket poses at an event
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York in 2019.
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Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is ready to fly the Twitter coop, and it seems to be affecting Elon Musk.

The “Closer” singer told the Hollywood Reporter over the weekend that he was about to join the handful of celebrities and stars who are leaving the social media platform since Musk took over at the end of October.

“We don’t need the arrogance of the billionaire class to feel like they can just come in and solve everything,” Reznor told THR. “Even without him involved, I just find that it has become such a toxic environment.”

Reznor added that he does not “feel good” being on the platform anymore. Even though he did not explicitly name the Tesla owner, Musk seemed to take it personally.

On Monday, the SpaceX founder tweeted, “[I]t turns out Trent ‘nine inch nails’ Reznor is actually a crybaby,” in response to a post about the weekend reinstatement of former President Trump’s Twitter account.

Replying to Musk, another Twitter user called the tech billionaire a “stupid idiot” and praised Reznor as “one of the best musicians ever.” Musk then took another dig at Reznor — who had no part in the Twitter back-and-forth.

“I like his music tbh, but maybe Etsy is more his style,” he tweeted, referring to the online crafts marketplace.

Musk took shots at Reznor less than a week after he poked fun at late-night host Jimmy Fallon’s concerns over the trending hashtag “#RIPJimmyFallon.”


Last Tuesday, misinformation about the comedian’s fake death spread on Twitter via memes. Concerned, Fallon called on Musk for help, though he didn’t tag him in a way that would trigger a notification.

“Elon, can you fix this? #RIPJimmyFallon,” the host tweeted last week.

In response, Musk offered up jokes instead of direct solutions.

“Fix what?,” he first responded.

‘Tonight Show’ host Jimmy Fallon asked Elon Musk for help after fake news about his death began spreading on Twitter. Here’s what the Tesla CEO said.

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Then Musk wrote, in another reply, “Wait a second, how do we know you’re not an alien body snatcher pretending to be Jimmy!? Say something that only the real Jimmy would say …”

Fallon went on to use the death hoax as “Tonight Show” material, but other celebrities aren’t finding the humor in Musk’s antics. Among those who said they’re leaving Twitter are Shonda Rhimes, Toni Braxton and Sara Bareilles.

“Not hanging around for whatever Elon has planned. Bye,” producer and showrunner Rhimes tweeted Oct. 29.

A fellow musician joining Reznor in exiting Twitter is White Stripes rocker Jack White. On Sunday, he condemned Musk for reinstating Trump’s account.

“This is straight up you trying to help a fascist have a platform so you can eventually get your tax breaks,” White wrote on Instagram. “I mean, how many more billions do you need that you have to risk democracy itself to obtain it?”