The Reddit-GameStop stock controversy seems to have drawn out its latest unexpected participant: Jon Stewart.
A new, verified Twitter account bearing the comedian’s name tore into “Wall Street insiders” for criticising an online mass of hobbyist investors who bet against big firms on GameStop stock.
“This is bulls***,” the @jon_actual account wrote on Thursday afternoon. “The Redditors aren’t cheating, they’re joining a party Wall Street insiders have been enjoying for years. Don’t shut them down…maybe sue them for copyright infringement instead!!”
Following the engagement with the original post, the account then wrote, “Thanks for the warm welcome! I promise to only use this app in a sporadic and ineffective manner.”
The account, which hadn’t posted before Thursday, follows no one but has more than 90,000 followers of its own.
“Well, one thing changed since 2008- a friend of mine joined Twitter,” fellow comedian Stephen Colbert responded to the tweet.
He’s not new to Twitter controversy though. In 2013, he and a media personality and real estate investor named Donald Trump got in an extended back and forth online, with the comedian eventually dubbing the future president “F***face Von Clownstick.”
The GameStop stock meltdown began after a loose coalition of investors across Reddit, Twitter, and other unlikely communities started betting against Wall Street firms on the stock price of companies like GameStop, a video games retailer, and AMC, the movie theatre chain.
So far, they’ve been successful, jacking up the price of GameStop, costing Wall Street billions, and commanding the attention of the White House, Congress, celebrities, and perhaps even America’s original newsman-comedian.