By David McKinsey.
It must be tough being Elon Musk. Every boardroom idea that comes out of your bloated face gathers momentum like a snowball rolling down a hill in the depths of winter, until there are rockets jetting their way to Mars with your car stuck to the top.
Or fuck it…flame throwers! Because why not flame throwers?
Or massive batteries in Australia, because if the world is moving too slow, why not use my gargantuan wealth and ego to push it along?
Make no mistake, everything the Tesla / SpaceX / Boring Company CEO does has kept his brands in the headlines and the share price going skyward like one of his wayward rockets.
But this week, something Elon did knocked an estimated $2 billion dollars off the market worth of Tesla.
Tesla’s stock fell Monday after a British diver involved in the mission to save 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach said he is considering legal action against Elon Musk because the company’s boss labelled him “pedo guy.” On Twitter.
Yes, you heard that correctly.
Musk had flown to Thailand and offered to assist in the rescue mission of 12 boys and their coach from a flooded cave by providing a submarine, but leaders of the operation declined his help. Vernon Unsworth, a British expat now living in Thailand, was one of the leaders of the rescue operation.
The fact is that Unsworth was instrumental in the successful rescue, and afterwards commented that Musk’s effort was a “PR stunt”, prompting the Silicon Valley billionaire to say he would make a video proving his “mini-sub” would have worked, adding: “Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.”
Musk has since deleted the tweets and gone silent on social media, but not before the social media petrol had already been poured on the dumpster fire, and investors and shareholders are spooked.
Gene Munster, head of research at Loup Ventures, a venture capital firm, said: “It has to start with an apology.”
Loup Ventures published an open letter to Musk on behalf of investors, saying the comments to Unsworth “crossed the line” and calling for an apology.
“Over the last 6 months, there have been too many examples of concerning behavior that is shaking investor confidence,” the letter said.
While we’re not going to get into the other faux pas and fuck ups Musk has made in the past while in this article, what we really want to question is this –
Why can’t rich / powerful / famous / influential people stop shooting themselves in the foot?
Why can’t rich / powerful /famous / influential people stop using social media when they have some bullshit opinion to express?
Why can’t rich / powerful / famous / influential people stop using social media when they are drunk or ‘on Ambien’ (allegedly).
Roseanne Barr went from hero to zero when racist Twitter comments about former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, who she said looked like the child of the Muslim Brotherhood and Planet of the Apes. After ABC cancelled Roseanne’s sitcom, Roseanne apologized and attributed her behavior to Ambien.
And Donald Trump? Oh Jesus…I can’t even talk about Donald, because anything I comment on here will just be outdone tomorrow by this tangerine fuck trumpet.
I’m over it people. Twitter is for twats.
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