He gave it to ‘em with both barrels, it’s fair to say!
Well, that happened! In an unprecedented, profanity-laced meltdown at a New York Times-hosted event on Wednesday (November 29), SpaceX founder and Twitter/X owner Elon Musk addressed advertisers boycotting his social media platform over an alleged anti-semitic post from the entrepreneur, which he has issued a mea culpa for and expressed his regret, alas to no avail as the number of advertisers pulling their business from Twitter/X continues to grow.
Speaking at the NYT event on Wednesday, a contrite Musk stated he had “handed a loaded gun” to anti-semites and further stating he believed the tweet to be “literally the worst and dumbest post that I’ve ever done”. Perhaps as an attempt to mitigate the damage the post has inflicted on his company, Musk traveled to Israel on Monday where he met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, participated in a livestream event with the wartime leader, and visited sites attacked by the genocidal murderous death cult Hamas on October 7 which killed over 1,200 innocent men, women, and children (often in horrifically unspeakable circumstances) and took around 240 hostages, including a 10-month old infant.
But when it came to addressing the subsequent advertising boycott – fuelled in no small part by the so-called ‘liberal’ pressure group Media Matters – Musk was in no mood for contrition or compromise, telling advertisers in no uncertain terms, “If somebody’s gonna try to blackmail me with advertising, blackmail me with money? Go fuck yourself,”
Tell us what you really think, Elon!
But if you thought The Mighty Musk was through, you’d be wrong as the fire-breathing entrepreneur doubled down by explicitly calling out Disney CEO Bob Iger thus (popcorn at the ready!)… “Go. Fuck. Yourself. Is that clear? Hey Bob, if you’re in the audience, that’s how I feel.” Iger seemingly incurred the Musketeer’s wrath by saying Disney’s relationship with X was “no longer a positive one” following the controversy. Iger, of course, has his own problems with the Mouse House releasing a string of expensive flops this year, got burned by fan blowback for their jumping into the culture war, and losing around $1 billion this year alone in the process.
Musk seems resigned to the possibility of X going down in flames a’la the Hindenburg because of the resulting controversy and advertising boycott, stating, “What this advertising boycott is going to do is it’s going to kill the company. The whole world will know those advertisers killed the company, and we will document it in great detail. If the company fails because of advertiser boycott, it will fail because of an advertiser boycott. And that will bankrupt the company and that’s what everybody on earth will know.”
In what is probably the most thankless job in the world right now, X CEO Linda Yaccarino – whose job is, among other things, trying to entice advertiser’s back to the social media platform – stated, with an astounding degree of understatement that her boss had expressed “an explicit point of view about our position.”
It is, of course, a textbook example in irony that the likes of Media Matters (a renowned smear-site) have targeted Musk for alleged anti-semitism yet have patently ignored the literally scores of media, academic, and political figures who have indulged in the most brazen and noxious anti-Israeli apologias for genocidal terrorism seen in quite some time… it would appear that in the eyes of many on the extreme Left, it is only Jews that are not allowed to defend themselves from extermination… interesting that.
Nonetheless, whatever happens to X, Musk isn’t backing down and so thus I think the last word belongs to him… “Let the chips fall where they may.”