Elon Musk endorsed The Daily Wire's pioneering documentary "What Is A Woman?" via a retweet early on Friday. This action came after his very own social media platform had imposed several restrictions that hampered its streaming on Twitter a few hours prior.
The Daily Wire shared its revolutionary, hour-and-a-half long documentary featuring Matt Walsh on Twitter on Thursday evening, commemorating a year since its launch. However, while the tech billionaire was in China, the team managing his $44 billion social media platform, acquired last November, were on the verge of labeling the documentary as "hate speech." They also considered reducing its exposure due to two perceived instances of "misgendering." Musk, upon being informed of the situation, maintained that this was an error. Nonetheless, when the documentary went live, it came with certain restrictions.
On Friday morning, the tag on Twitter that was limiting the visibility of "What is a Woman?" was lifted. This allowed Twitter users to like and retweet the documentary. Musk also broadcast the film to his vast following of 140 million users.
"Every parent should watch this," Musk tweeted to his millions of followers.
Every parent should watch this https://t.co/pIp6UP6vq8
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 2, 2023
The documentary garnered more than 1 million views within just three hours of its broadcast. After Musk's promotion on his Twitter account early on Friday, the view count rapidly rose to over 9 million.
The controversy surrounding the film was primarily due to a father using feminine pronouns for his daughter who identified as transgender, and a shop owner referring to a robust city councilman, who also identified as female, with masculine pronouns.
On Thursday, Musk affirmed that the documentary was "undoubtedly permissible" under the platform's guidelines. Later, he reacted to a tweet from Walsh pointing out that, despite the film not showing up in user feeds, being marked as "hate speech" by Twitter, and being prohibited from appearing on the platform's trending list, it had still attracted a vast number of views.
Walsh replied to Musk's tweet on Friday by showing appreciation.
“Wow. Thank you, Elon. We really appreciate it,” Walsh said.
Wow. Thank you, Elon. We really appreciate it. https://t.co/jaMnmfqARl
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) June 2, 2023
The pioneering documentary, which was released last summer, was viewed by people in more than 70 countries. This occurred despite the fact that traditional media critics overlooked the film and its cultural impact. Shortly after its release, "What is a Woman?" became the top-viewed movie at home, as reported by Rotten Tomatoes. The site also indicated that the film received a high audience score of 97%.
The documentary seemingly ignited a campaign to safeguard children from the detrimental effects of sex change procedures. In the aftermath of the film's release and the various rallies and events where Walsh expressed concerns about the potential tragic outcomes of so-called "gender-affirming" treatments, at least twelve states have prohibited transgender surgeries for minors.
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