Thursday, November 30, 2023

I'm Sorry (but so is Brenda Lee)

I'm probably being misogynistic or transphobic or something, but is it just me, or does Elon Musk look like what we assume Amelia Earhart might after a makeover at any Rexall Drug store. 

His rouge and lipstick choices aren't really what you'd expect a multi-billionaire to choose.

But I'm not here to bash his looks (well, I kind of am....and did!). I'm here to bash him. Period. 

Musk can say he's not antisemitic, but philosemitic - but right now those are just words. And last I looked, the antisemitic tweet (can it still be called a 'tweet' if there is technically no Twitter?) is still up and nothing he's pulled back. 

He's antisemitic. 

Musk claims his trip to Israel was not an apology tour - but it was. And it wasn't. I think to be an apology tour one must at least say "I'm sorry".  And he did, in an truly non-apologetic way.  Something someone might say like, "sorry you took it the wrong way". 

Here is how we know he's not sorry. Several advertisers have distanced themselves from X. Mind you - many of these same advertisers distanced themselves before when he did / said something asinine....yet they came back. 

I'd like to think it's harder to align yourself to someone who has a platform, and has the most followers on said platform, who makes Jew-hating rhetoric.  You know who does that?  Antisemites. And Elon Musk. 

If A = B and B = C, then..............

So here was Musk's response to those advertisers: 

“I don’t want them to advertise,” he said at the New York Times DealBook Summit in New York. “If someone is going to blackmail me with advertising or money go fuck yourself. Go. Fuck. Yourself,” he said. “Is that clear? Hey Bob, if you’re in the audience, that’s how I feel” he added, referring to Disney CEO Bob Iger, who spoke earlier at the summit on Wednesday.

Smooth talker!

Also in the audience?  The CEO he just hired to woo advertisers. I'm assuming she negotiated a really really good exit clause package. She's gonna need it. 

So calling it 'blackmail' to pull dollars from a stinking ship (nope, not a typo) is hardly a 'sorry I fucked up' speech. 

Elon - if you want to treat people like shit (and clearly you do), you're gonna have to get a thicker skin. It's not a rubber / glue situation here. They're not treating you like shit, they're responding to their shareholders and their client base. It's basic capitalism. I'm sure Cracker Barrel and the KKK will be more than happy to spend their advertising dollars at your crappy little platform. 

And to quote you to you:  Go. Fuck. Yourself. 

Song by: Marshall Crenshaw


James Dwight Williamson said...

He is such human filth, I’m not sure I’d give a damn, soon enough he will bankrupt Twitter. Toyota has a new battery 750 mile radius recharges in 10 minutes. The sun is setting on Elon Musk .

Around My Kitchen Table said...

Great post. If X imploded over night, the world will be a better place.

Travel said...

Richard Branson once said the fastest way to become a millionaire, was to take a billion dollars and start an airline. What happens when you take 43-billion and buy a company, and tell it's advertisers to do impossible things to themself (well impossible for all but the most flexible.)