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Elon Musk Slammed For Posting Meme That Makes Fun Of People Who Share Their Pronouns

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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?

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Immediately, Musk received backlash for a number of reasons. 

One-the word “you” is actually a pronoun.

 

And also, what does this meme even mean‽‽

 

Not to mention, Musk named his child something people will literally never be able to pronounce.

SpaceX recently suffered a major loss to a prototype rocket when a test run of the rocket caused it to crash into its landing site and explode.

While this is not necessarily bad news for SpaceX—as it provides some valuable data for adjustment—it does beg the question of why Musk is sharing this meme at all instead of doing literally anything else.

The onslaught of celebrities revealing themselves as transphobes in 2020 is a little alarming.

But the internet is clearly capable of dealing with transphobic posts like Elon Musk’s—whether deliberate or tangential.

Mike Walsh

Written by Mike Walsh

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