March 24th, 2020 – Break out the Michelle Obama meme because, queen, you’ve done it again. Jaboukie Young-White has returned to Twitter jail after using his verified handle to impersonate yet another account. On Monday, he changed his display name and photo to CNN Breaking News to shed some light on why Joe Biden has been fairly absent in recent weeks.
The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee has done a few interviews from his home in Delaware, but his physical and virtual absence at large has caused some chatter. Young-White gave speculators a lot more to talk about.
“BREAKING: Joe Biden is not DEAD. He just getting some dick. We’ve all been there cnn.com,” he tweeted as CNN.
The joke attracted lots of laughs and two swift repercussions from his favorite trolling platform. Twitter had previously suspended Young-White’s account, but this time they added in the extra step of removing the blue check mark noting his verified status.
Young-White has gone after several prominent people and institutions in the past (and one gun-toting, attention-seeking college grad) including Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Cats, and the FBI. The last time Twitter banned the comic was in January when he celebrated MLK Day by targeting the FBI.
Young-White gained a large following online after several of his tweets and memes went viral in 2016. For the past two years, he has worked as a correspondent for The Daily Show, and, today, Papa Trevor Noah gave him a shoutout on Twitter. The 25-year-old comic appeared grateful for his mentor’s support.
Knowing the suspension was likely inevitable, Young-White took the hours before the ban to speak his mind about what it means to be verified on Twitter. Calling the blue check simply a marker of knowing “a lot of white people who live in New York,” he went on to say it only further divides people.
No word on how long the Twitter ban will last, but for fans who want to support (or walk down troll lane) there’s a “FreeJaboukie” hashtag making the rounds. Oh, and if you need a compilation of his best hits set to Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday,” that also exists.
Do you think Twitter made the right call in suspending @jaboukie’s account? Did the comedian have a point with the verified accounts?