Best known for his role in creating such critically acclaimed HBO series as “The Wire”, “Treme” and “The Deuce”, David Simon had a lot to say upon his return to Twitter on Friday following a weeklong ban.
In a series of tweets, Simon took aim at Twitter, the company’s CEO Jack Dorsey, and the many trolls he frequently does battle with on the social media platform.
WARNING: Explicit Language
“@jack, @twitter, @TwitterSupport: Still waiting for a cogent explanation of why the common rhetoric of telling a–holes to drop dead is prohibited on your s—hole platform,” he tweeted on Friday night.
Simon was previously placed under a weeklong ban after he went after trolls who cheered the Trump administation’s immigration policy that tears young children of migrants away from their parents — even those who are attempting to enter the U.S. through entirely legal means.
He continued to shame Twitter for blocking him despite seemingly being comfortable hosting conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and “his unevidenced assertion of Mr. Bourdain’s murder by Deep-State liberals,” as well allowing trolls to “slander 14-year-old Holocaust survivors.”
Simon was also frustrated that his Twitter exile stopped him from commenting on the death of his friend, Bourdain, and said he was waiting for Dorsey to “restore those posts or provide any response to your conduct.”
The Emmy Award-winning writer had discussed his recent Twitter ban during an onstage chat at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas last Saturday.
According to Simon, the problem wasn’t so much with what he was saying but in how he was saying it.
“I basically said ‘drop dead’ to people. That nomenclature, which is an art of phrase, it’s not me trying to have you threatened or killed,” Simon told IndieWire of the offensive phrase that led to the ban.
“I use that phrase with a lot more florid descriptions of what they should die from, but nonetheless I was not saying ‘you should be shot,’ I wasn’t doxxing anybody. It’s basically saying ‘drop dead’ to people who were saying the mothers and children at the border who are being separated, the children being held incommunicado, that they are criminals and they deserve it,” he added.
“So you can Tweet that, that these human beings are criminals and they deserve to be separated from their kids, but I can’t tell them to drop dead?” he questioned, adding a coda addressed to the CEO of Twitter. “F**k you, Jack Dorsey.”
Despite the ban, Simon is unrepentant. “I’m going to say all the same things that got me thrown off and I’m going to tweet them at Jack Dorsey, the exact same language,” he said onstage. “On the premise of telling people someone that they can drop dead is not harassment. I have no control over the mortality of other beings. Really for your policies, you can drop dead.”
He added: “I’ll get banned again. I think it might be healthy, if I can keep myself banned my life might be more orderly.”
Simon revealed that he had been temporarily banned from Twitter in a blog post he wrote on Friday explaining why he was unable to pay tribute to his friend (and consultant on “Treme”) Bourdain, who was found dead on June 8 in an apparent suicide.
“Slander is cool, brutality is acceptable. But the hyperbolic and comic hope that a just god might smite the slanderer or brutalizer with a deadly skin disorder is somehow beyond the pale,” he wrote on his blog, The Audacity of Despair. “Die of boils, @jack. Seriously. As far as I’m concerned, your standards in this instance are exactly indicative of why social media — and Twitter specifically — is complicit in transforming our national agora into a haven for lies, disinformation and the politics of totalitarian extremity. The real profanity and disease on the internet is untouched, while you police decorum.”