Elon Musk, one of society’s most conspicuously wealthy individuals and the head of Tesla and SpaceX, faced backlash over a transphobic post on social media.
Musk joins a list of high-profile celebrities like J.K. Rowling and John Cleese who decided to punch down by targeting transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people.
Musk shared a meme on social media slamming people who share their pronouns in their Twitter bios as well as claiming White male victimhood.
At least that’s what some people think his point was.
He used a visual of the American Revolutionary War with an illustrated Redcoat, smearing blood on himself with the words “I love to oppress” printed on his hat and a teacup with “TGI 688/6BB?” printed on it dangling from his pinky.
Maybe he dislikes the British? Or tea?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 14, 2020
Immediately, Musk received backlash for a number of reasons.
One-the word “you” is actually a pronoun.
— Ash~✨💖🦈 (@BARITONEBXTCH) December 14, 2020
Do you know what a pronoun is? pic.twitter.com/neUIxRPADD
— Festive Nerd 🎄🌟🎁 (@theworstkirst) December 14, 2020
Elon Musk vs pronoun twitter isn’t what I expected today https://t.co/hBmsQqcekm
— Alex (@amh99__) December 14, 2020
And also, what does this meme even mean‽‽
Thank you Elon Musk for reminding the world that just because someone's rich doesn't mean they're smart.
— MysteryCat! (@FuzzInvasion) December 14, 2020
As a British person, I'm obligated to drop my tea and smear blood all over my face every time someone puts their pronouns in their bio https://t.co/hryXQo0gaj
— Femcuck Fatale (@ZeeZeeMooMoo) December 14, 2020
This you? pic.twitter.com/VFIIhFpWVx
— NebelNiek (@NebelNiek) December 14, 2020