These tweets cut up the SpaceX-time continuum.
Elon Musk’s $44 billion Twitter takeover wasn’t the primary time he owned the platform. Like a basketball proprietor who used to kill it on the courtroom, the Tesla boss has been a Twitter fixture for years: from his highly-publicized, ongoing beef with Bill Gates to his flippant quips about hot-button matters just like the COVID-19 pandemic and gender pronouns.
Musk’s nonexistent Twitter filter is probably becoming, as he apparently plans to make the platform a spot the place virtually something goes.
“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” declared the 50-year-old social media mogul.
In truth, following the SpaceX honcho’s Twitter takeover and privatization, many conservative pundits claimed their follower counts skyrocketed. Right-wing watchdogs questioned whether or not the phenomenon was as a result of agency releasing them from digital home arrest.
Without additional ado, listed below are 12 badass Elon Musk tweets that left a mark.
Say good evening to your V-card
Musk’s non-rhetorical flamethrower was on show in 2018 when the entrepreneur retweeted a pretend information article claiming that he’d bought the favored online game Fortnite and deleted it to avoid wasting “kids from eternal virginity.”
“Had to be done ur welcome,” quipped the centibillionaire in the tweet with greater than 1.1 million likes.
The nerd-bashing barb didn’t sit properly with the sport’s developer, Epic Games, which mocked Musk for his mission to colonize Mars.
However, it seems the 2 have since quashed their obvious beef: The Tesla CEO confirmed his help for the pixel purveyor after it challenged Apple’s charges on its App Store.
What a stock-block
Elon Musk is notorious for seemingly torpedoing Tesla stock with tweets so outrageous they’d most likely make Wall Street need to enlist the Easter Bunny to cease him from typing.
In a selected stock-block from 2020, the Twit-wit despatched the automotive company’s shares plummeting after tweeting: “Tesla stock price is too high imo.”
One ticked-off trader responded: “Dude…I just lost $10k because of this tweet. Wtf is wrong with u.”
In the realm of stock-tanking antics, nothing holds a candle to Musk smoking pot on the “Joe Rogan Experience” in 2018. The Nueralink visionary not too long ago retweeted a meme of the high-minded second after buying a 9% stake in Twitter earlier this month.
“Twitter’s next board meeting is gonna be lit,” read the meme.
Ethical qualms apart, it’s most likely secure to say Twitter received’t be a “boring company” underneath the Musk regime.
Not Biden his tongue
Elon Musk was unsurprisingly displeased with president Joe Biden for neglecting to say Tesla in a current speech about automotive manufacturing within the US.
Following the alleged snub, the electrical automotive trailblazer tweeted that the chief of the free world was a “damp [sock] puppet in human form” — utilizing blue sock emojis for emphasis. Sick burn, bro.
Musk apparently believes that Kanye West could be higher suited as president than Biden, having endorsed Ye’s short-lived 2020 presidential marketing campaign.
“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future,” the “Jesus Walks” singer had tweeted. “I am running for president of the United States.”
Musk retweeted the announcement with the caption, “You have my full support!”
Who wears short-shorts?
The world’s richest man is outwardly not above mixing it up with the web hoi polloi, as evidenced by this hilarious change with a fan over Tesla merchandise.
“Short shorts coming soon to Tesla merch,” teased Musk, who added in a follow-up tweet that they’d be paired with “thigh-high sockboots.” He was referring to a line of red satin short-shorts that he released to celebrate Tesla’s stock climbing — which satirically crashed the web retailer.
A bemused person subsequently questioned whether the company big-wig would be “modeling” the attire, to which he responded, “Of course.”
Alas, the entrepreneur by no means put his money the place his mouth is.
He’s not pro-pronouns
While many CEOs take pains to tiptoe round delicate matters, Musk has remained steadfastly politically incorrect in his on-line discourse.
In one among his extra controversial Twitter barbs, the Tesla boss said, “Pronouns suck” — which earned him a web-based tongue-lashing from then-partner Grimes, who identifies as non-binary.
“I love you but please turn off ur phone or give me a call [sic],” scolded Grimes in a now-deleted tweet. “I cannot support this hate. Please stop this. I know this is not your heart.”
Musk sparked the ire of the transgender group once more later that year over a tweet labeling pronouns an “aesthetic nightmare.”
Pronouns aren’t the one sizzling matter Musk has thumbed his nostril at. The visionary has been infamously dismissive of COVID-19 lockdowns and even said that “coronavirus panic “dumb” in a tweet with mroe than 1.5 million likes.
‘Billy G is not my lover’
The automotive magnate has savaged fellow billionaire Bill Gates on a number of events, most not too long ago roasting the Microsoft co-founder after Gates seemingly bought Tesla stock brief throughout a tiff a couple of dedication to preventing local weather change.
He posted a tweet likening Gates — in a side-by-side comparability — to an emoji of a pregnant man with the caption, “in case you need to lose [an erection] fast.”
Musk beforehand mocked Gates after the latter referred to as him out on his views concerning the coronavirus pandemic.
“Elon’s positioning is to maintain a high level of outrageous comments,” Gates told CNBC back in July 2020. “He’s not much involved in vaccines. He makes a great electric car. His rockets work well, so he’s allowed to say these things. I hope that he doesn’t confuse areas he’s not involved in too much.”
In response, Musk quipped: “Billy G is not my lover” — a play on the lyrics to the Michael Jackson hit “Billie Jean.”
“The rumor that Bill Gates & I are lovers is completely untrue,” Musk tweeted.
Musk — who’s price a cool $240 billion, in line with Forbes — confused his Twitter followers after announcing in 2020 that he was “selling almost all physical possessions” and would “own no house.”
“My gf @Grimezsz is mad at me,” he quipped, referencing then-partner Grimes in a follow-up tweet describing his proposed downscaled life-style.
The business magnate apparently wasn’t blowing smoke: Earlier this month, Musk stated he doesn’t personal a house and sleeps in his mates’ “spare bedrooms,” for essentially the most half.
In June final year, Musk tweeted that his main residence is a rental from SpaceX, price about $50,000. What’s extra, the house was conveniently close to the company’s Texas location. In the tweet, additionally admitted to proudly owning an “events house” within the Bay Area.
Perhaps Musk’s off-the-cuff posts are altogether unsurprising provided that he has claimed he primarily tweets on the bathroom. “At least 50% of my tweets were made on a porcelain throne,” the tech boss boasted in a November Twitter submit.
Some of Musk’s most epic tweets adopted his Twitter acquisition, a transfer that prompted sparking threats of exodus by left-leaning celebs. They claimed that the social media platform would change into a cesspool of hate with the Tesla boss on the helm.
The Tesla Cybertruck creator was fast to dismiss critics with an allusion to COVID resistance, writing: “The extreme antibody reaction from those who fear free speech says it all.”
Nonetheless, Musk said he hopes his “worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means.”
Alas, the Twitter head’s ideas won’t jive along with his buyout settlement, which prohibits the tech boss him from tweeting criticism concerning the company.