It looks like Elon Musk is stirring up even more controversy online this week.
The Telsa tycoon recently shared a series of tweets about pronouns and the internet isn’t happy about it.
Elon Musk certainly has quite a complex relationship with the internet. After his partner Grimes gave birth to their first child together, Musk received a flood of memes in response to the child’s name X Æ A-ii. Then, in November, Musk earned a lot of backlash after he questioned the effectiveness of COVID-19 tests.
After taking various inconclusive tests, he shared a series of tweets that questioned the accuracy of the rapid COVID-19 tests. The tweets eventually earned responses from medical professionals including one doctor who gave Musk the now-viral nickname “Space Karen.”
Now, it looks like he is angering the internet for a whole new reason. On Dec. 13, he shared a meme poking fun at individuals who share their pronouns in their social media bios.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 14, 2020
Many individuals who are transgender list their pronouns in their bios in order to not be misgendered. Naturally, Musk’s decision to mock this action earned him a slew of tweets calling him out.
What the actual fuck @elonmusk?!?!
I believed you are a man of science, but this shows that you missed a big part of it 🤮
— Jasha Grüner 🇪🇺🏳️🌈🌹 #drostenUltras👌🏻 (@GrunerJasha) December 14, 2020
I see, Elon. When people you don’t know at all express solidarity with other people you don’t know at all in a way that doesn’t affect you in the slightest, that’s a big problem to you, is it?
— Sophie Grace (@SophieGraceCha1) December 14, 2020
I appreciate your commitment to disproving the correlation between wealth and intelligence.
— Dennis DiClaudio (@dennisdiclaudio) December 14, 2020
Two days later, Musk decided to clarify his stance on pronouns and it went down as well as you’d expect. He goes on to say that he fully supports transgender individuals. However, he thinks pronouns are an “esthetic nightmare.”
“I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare.”
Real Friends Interrupt You When You Are Making A Mistake https://t.co/ikRLoXUNPk
— CleanTechnica (@cleantechnica) December 16, 2020
He also retweeted an article about Tesla’s support of the LGBTQ+ community.
“Very proud to have scored 100/100 for the fourth year in a row in LGBTQ equality,” the company’s Twitter said. “Thanks to everyone at Tesla for making LGBTQ inclusion an important part of our culture.”
Oh and umm … https://t.co/jtg944ERCy
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2020
Following his tweets, Grimes seemingly weighed in on the matter. She ended up tweeting a link to the LGBTQ Fund.
I love this charity! https://t.co/Ld8H7FTxAK 🍰🍭🧁🍡
— ☘︎𝔊𝔯𝔦𝔪𝔢𝔰࿎ (@Grimezsz) December 17, 2020
Even after all of the tweets, a lot of individuals do not think Musk should spread such negative views on pronouns. Especially considering being referred to as the right gender/representation is very important to the transgender community.
Not Elon musk complaining about pronouns while having a whole human baby called X Æ A-12 pic.twitter.com/jaoy2zXlaf
— 🌜🛸 (@jcmg2800) December 17, 2020
Elon Musk: Shits on pronouns
Also Elon Musk: I think I’ll name my kid after the microwave sounds, I do enjoy totinos bold buffalo style chicken rollers
— Adam (@NetNobody) December 17, 2020
Elon Musk has NO RIGHT to call pronouns an “esthetic nightmare” when he made this shit pic.twitter.com/hQM9PAKTP6
— Rando (@r4nd0_3xe) December 17, 2020
so elon musk can name his baby X Æ A-12 but not respect someone’s pronouns??? cant wait to eat the rich
— sarah♡like and rt📌 (@parkcrsdaya) December 17, 2020
Elon Musk: “all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare”
Also Elon Musk: pic.twitter.com/OGITFPriE0
— Kalon (@AstralStrife) December 16, 2020
Back in July, we learned that Musk is teaming up with Tom Cruise and NASA to film the first-ever movie in space. According to Deadline, the project has a staggering $200 million budget to make it happen. As well, it looks like Elon Musk wants to ditch headphones and create brain chips that stream music.
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