Enlarge Christian Bale as Michael Burry in 'The Big Short' (2015).

‘Big Short’ Investor Michael Burry Quits Twitter, Plugs Entombed, DevilDriver, Amon Amarth and More


Investor Michael Burry, best known for predicting the 2008 housing bubble and portrayed by actor Christian Bale in the 2015 film The Big Short, has quit Twitter. While notable on its own — Burry has more than 400,000 followers and frequently used the platform — it’s what he left behind that’s got us most excited.

Reports of Burry’s exit from Twitter began circulating on Friday, March 5, when followers noticed he’d deleted all of his past tweets except for three promoting his favorite eateries in the San Francisco area and a message in his bio, in Vietnamese, that translates to “You know my position now, no need to hear more from me.” The message is presumably a reference to the opinions he’s expressed lately criticizing Tesla, bitcoin, Robinhood and the meme-stock frenzy earlier this year, among others, as overvalued assets and reckless behavior, predicting another bubble is about to pop.

As one last mic drop on his way out the proverbial door, Burry changed his Twitter bio to prominently plug a number of notable metal bands, tagging them all: DevilDriver, Entombed, Motionless in White, Dismember, Obituary, Lamb of God and Amon Amarth among them.

If you saw The Big Short, you’ll recall that Burry’s love of metal was portrayed in the film by Bale, who learned how to play drums to Pantera and Mastodon songs in a mere two weeks despite having never attempted the instrument before. Burry would often unwind from a stressful day at work by playing along to his favorite metal tracks, and a sweaty Bale did a bang-up job with it in the film:

The best part about all of this, of course, is that all the media attention surrounding Burry’s exit from Twitter has resulted in millions of folks reading and talking about these metal bands that likely have never heard of them before, undoubtedly adding to the eccentric reputation that Burry already has. If just a few hundred of those end up becoming fans of some of these bands, it will have all been worth it; Burry knew what he was doing!

Highly recommend The Big Short if you haven’t seen it. Very important viewing. If you find yourself with another day of quarantine time on your hands tonight, give it a shot.

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