The BirdSite with the last move on the blue check has completely distorted the idea of "verification" or "authentic profile"
It is interesting though that VIPs or services could create their own instances on mastodon (e.g. <artist>.social or <newspaper>.social or whatever) and there wouldn't even be a need for verification. You already know it's authentic.
In an ideal world this would make much more sense than outsourcing your official content to a third party company.