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TWITTER FINALLY COMES OUT OF THE CLOSET: Elon Musk finds #StayWoke t-shirt trove at 'cult' HQ

Elon Musk explains in the video that 'there's an entire closet' and someone in the background can be heard saying, 'secret closet'
UPDATED NOV 23, 2022
Elon Musk states there is a closet full of 'stay woke' t-shirts in Twitter HQ (Theo Wargo /Getty Images, Elon Musk/ Twitter)
Elon Musk states there is a closet full of 'stay woke' t-shirts in Twitter HQ (Theo Wargo /Getty Images, Elon Musk/ Twitter)

SAN FRANSISCO, CALIFORNIA: 'Chief Twit' Elon Musk posted a video claiming that the Twitter headquarters have a closet full of 'Stay Woke' t-shirts. Musk can be seen explaining in the video that "there's an entire closet," and someone in the background can be heard saying "secret closet," followed by Musk saying "of #staywoke t-shirts."

The history of #staywoke t-shirts draws down to when journalist Peter Kafka asked Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey who was wearing the #staywoke t-shirt at ReCode's Code conference. Kafka asked, "Do you want to explain what #StayWoke is? Jack, please do! Tell us the meaning behind the strange combination of words and symbols on your plain gray t-shirt that read "#StayWoke [Twitter logo]."


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To which Dorsey responded, "Maybe later." Later, Dorsey claimed, "To me, my interpretation of what it means, and it has evolved a little bit over time, is being aware, and staying aware, and keep questioning. Being awake and eyes wide open around what's happening in the world. We saw that in Ferguson, and what I didn't really consider before I got there, that I saw on the ground, is what you see on the television screen versus what's actually happening behind the camera," reported Esquire. 


Further, he added, " It was just amazing for me to see, especially at night, the press running around West Florissant, and how they were telling the stories, and how protesters were having conversations with them about what stories they were telling, and where the focus was, and the focus inappropriately on the wrong things. And to me, that's when I really first saw this phrase in action—was making sure that we're telling our story, and we're telling what's on the ground, and we saw it live through Twitter." The phrase 'stay woke' originated in 1938 with Huddie William Ledbetter, better known by the stage name Lead Belly. 

The Internet quickly reacted to Musk's video. A user said, "Wow, it really was a cult." Another said, "Yep, good on 'em. "Woke" = being a decent human being." A user claimed, "I feel sorry for Elon. Richest guy on the planet, owner of some huge companies and just a nerd. With all that going for him, he still can’t pull what Pete Davidson can pull." A tweet read, "Why does know one talk about being woke used to mean being aware of the powers that be?." Another added, "Empathetic and sympathetic to societal injustices especially for marginalized groups. So how is that bad or, as you childishly put it, ?”

A user claimed, "Blaming a private company for wanting to create a non toxic environment on the internet? Absolutely ridiculous that you criticise them on this when being woke is definitely a lot better than allowing freedom of speech which incites riots and lets the alt right grow so large..." A user added, "Same energy." "So, Twitter used to be #Wokeland !," claimed a user. 









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