We have officially entered bizarro land. People are trying to cancel Elon Musk for alleged anti-semitism while ignoring all facts to the contrary.
Even more ironically, the Tesla CEO is getting attacked by the same people for being too pro-Israel and not supporting Palestine by turning on Starlink access as he did in Ukraine during the ongoing conflict.
A @Tesla Cybertruck is Seen Hauling a Massive 10-Foot-Long Christmas Tree – Is it Too Early to Decorate for Christmas? @elonmusk#teslahttps://t.co/faQ3SvcCFw
— Torque News (@torquenewsauto) November 17, 2023
But, before we discuss the recent controversy, let’s back up a little. Musk bought Twitter back in 2022 and since then, the serial entrepreneur has emerged as one of the loudest political voices of our time.
Depending on whether you agree with Musk’s politics, this has meant a newfound admiration for the X CEO or a newfound disdain.
Personally, this is exactly what I feared when Musk bought Twitter and thrust himself into the middle of the political landscape.
It was bad enough that with Tesla Musk was trying to disrupt the highly entrenched and powerful fossil fuel industry and with SpaceX, he was trying to disrupt military contractors but, now, through his crusade to cure the world, as he puts it, from the “woke mind virus,” he has become as much a political figure as an engineer.
So what started the latest controversy? This has been reported by several outlets, if you want the nitty-gritty, you can read it here and here and here. However, to sum up, Musk criticized Jewish activist groups for supporting open borders.
Musk’s point was that a lot of the migrants coming through the border are actually against Israel. The post Musk agreed with had a line about being racist against whites which out of context seems to have inflamed a lot of people.
In my personal opinion, I have followed Musk on a daily basis for close to a decade now and I haven’t seen any sign from him to suggest that he is antisemitic or whatever “ist” the media chooses to paint him as in any particular week.
However, we are in the court of public opinion and what is the fallout from Musk’s X comment? Prominent investors and fund managers in the Tesla sphere are reporting that their clients are contacting them asking them to sell their Tesla stock.
Long-time Tesla advocate, Ross Gerber has been especially vocal about his disappointment with Musk’s comments writing on X “It takes a lifetime to build a reputation, and a day to lose it.” Gerber also added “Sadly, this is a win for Rivian... I will be replacing my Tesla Model Y for a Rivian next year and I'm sure the rest of LA will as well.”
"I've never had this with any company I've ever invested in ever in my life where the CEO of the company himself does so many detrimental things that is destroying the brand," says @GerberKawasaki on @elonmusk following the $TSLA CEO's controversial X post. pic.twitter.com/IWwUfwX9bZ
— Last Call (@LastCallCNBC) November 17, 2023
So how is Musk responding to the public outcry? By doubling down in spectacular Musk fashion of course.
Musk responded by saying “bullseye” to an X post that read “If you're spending all your waking moments trashing Elon Musk for "antisemitism" because he had the audacity to criticize progressive Jewish organizations for their anti-white policies but you remain completely silent about actual anti-Semitic politicians and groups, it's transparently clear where your priorities lie, and that you're not actually a serious person.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 16, 2023
Musk appears to be unphased by the recent controversy and is continuing as if it’s business as usual. Also in the spirit of fairness, there has been a lot of negativity towards Musk in the past 12 hours however, there has been an outpouring of support for the Tesla CEO.
Thank you @benshapiro
The above posts prove that, although there have been lots of criticisms directed at Musk, the serial entrepreneur still enjoys a lot of support, especially from the Tesla community.
Personally, my advice for Musk would be to be more careful going forward not with his thoughts per se but with the exact wording of the things he endorses on X.
Currently, this is all the information we’ve regarding Musk’s antisemitism controversy however, we’ll be sure to keep you posted as the saga unfolds. Until then, make sure to visit our site torquenews.com/Tesla regularly for the latest updates.
So what do you think? Do you think Musk is antisemitic? Also, do you agree with the way he’s responding to the controversy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Tinsae Aregay has been following Tesla and The evolution of the EV space on a daily basis for several years. He covers everything about Tesla from the cars to Elon Musk, the energy business, and autonomy. Follow Tinsae on Twitter at @TinsaeAregay for daily Tesla news.