Friday, May 07, 2021
Nathan J. Robinson, Current Affairs: There are two facts that I have sometimes found it difficult to reconcile. The first is that Tesla, Inc. makes innovative and genuinely impressive electric vehicles that can hold their own against the fastest performance cars in the world. The second is that the CEO of Tesla, Inc., celebrated entrepreneurial genius Elon Musk, is a liar, huckster, and moron, who regularly says things so ignorant that I cannot understand how they can come from a human adult, let alone one treated by his fans as a super-genius.
On Twitter, Musk has become infamous for comments that are juvenile ("69 days after 420 again haha"), offensive ("I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare"), and flat out wrong (COVID is a "specific form of the common cold.") A former Tesla executive told Vanity Fair that "there were times Musk would say or tweet something that was just too embarrassing to even try to defend." At one point, "Twitter shut down his account, assuming it had been hacked," when Musk began posting "pictures of manga women with captions like 'im actually catgirl here's selfie' and solicitations to buy bitcoin." Musk's account was restored when he confirmed the posts were authentic.
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