I don't think it's overselling it to say that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most reviled men in the world for reasons that have nothing to do with how super-rich he is.
Control-freak liberals and their allies in the mainstream press don't like Zuckerberg because they (laughably) believe he doesn't do enough to censor (mostly conservative) users and content they don't like.
Those of us on the right living in the real world and even some on the left despise him for how much control his platform has over the distribution of information, with conservatives, in particular, more often on the receiving end of suspensions, bannings, and, in the case of right-wing websites, traffic throttlings over what Facebook would characterize as “peddling misinformation” (like speculating about the Wuhan lab leak theory, which up until a few weeks ago would have gotten you kicked off of FB).
While Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters possesses political views that leave no doubt as to his far-left leanings (some of them especially troubling), he delivered a message to Zuckerberg last week that those of us who have long been on to the Facebook frontman's long game would love to see from many more in his position.
Here's what Waters had to say to Zuckerberg during a forum that was held to express support for and demand the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange:
In a video dated June 10, which was shared on Twitter by Mexico's La Jornada on Saturday, the rocker pulled out a sheet of paper, as he said: “This is something that I actually put in my folder when I came out here today.
“It's a request for the rights to use my song, ‘Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2),' in the making of a film to promote Instagram.”
After his revelation drew laughter from the crowd, Waters went on: “So it's a missive from Mark Zuckerberg to me… with an offer of a huge, huge amount of money and the answer is, ‘f*** you! No f***ing way!
“And I only mention that because it's the insidious movement of them to take over absolutely everything. So those of us who do have any power, and I do have a little bit–in terms of control of the publishing of my songs I do anyway. So I will not be a party to this bull****, Zuckerberg.”
The best part, however, was part of his rant:
Roger Waters on Zuckerberg is the exact energy I needed to start my day pic.twitter.com/TFLavxRRT0
— Maja Lukić (@majalukic113) June 15, 2021
Mark Zuckerberg personally asked Roger Waters for permission to use "Another Brick in the Wall" in an Instagram marketing campaign. This was Roger's response. pic.twitter.com/qsQZo1iWVJ
— AlexDeLarge (@IWasCuredOK) June 14, 2021
There's an old saying that goes something like “politics makes for strange bedfellows,” which applies here. While conservatives and Waters don't have much of anything in common politically, one thing they can agree on is that the stranglehold Zuckerberg has on the flow of information globally is dangerous.
Outside of Congressional action in the form of reforming Section 230, which is unlikely to happen under this Congress, anyone in Waters' position of power and influence using that influence to snub Zuckerberg is a win as far as I'm concerned.