On Thursday morning, Markus Persson, the creator of the first-person video game Minecraft, sent out a tweet that never really needed to exist in the first place.
“It’s ok to be white,” the 38-year-old Swedish billionaire said.
Persson, who also goes by his in-Minecraft name Notch, has almost 4 million followers on Twitter.
What prompted Persson to write the most useless and tone-deaf of tweets is unknown, but Twitter users were quick to smash the programmer’s tiny violin.
There were also plenty of depressing responses thanking Persson for his statement, but they will get no attention here. Suffice to say, these kinds of comments always find their way into the retweets of the white supremacist corners of Twitter.
Yet more users, on the other hand, preferred to parody Persson’s tweet to illustrate the statement’s total irrelevancy.
This isn’t the first time Persson has tweeted something offensive or completely off-base. This summer he infamously tweeted in favor of a Heterosexual Pride Day, echoing the sentiments of social conservatives consumed by the idea that they’ll lose some level of visibility just by sharing space with some folks for whom visibility is long overdue.
“If you’re against the concept of a #HeterosexualPrideDay, you’re a complete f—cking c-nt and deserve to be shot,” he wrote on June 29. The tweet was later deleted, and after receiving some heavy backlash online, Persson offered some half-baked apologies while standing by his right to say whatever he wants.