For billions of people around the world, 2020 was a frightening year. With a staggering loss of life, some businesses scaled back or closed, manufacturers either adapted or gave up on their dreams, and individuals were beset by unemployment and related financial difficulties.
For electric vehicle and space tycoon Elon Musk, none of this applies. The stock skyrocketed for his EV company Tesla (it’s now the world’s most valuable automaker, and after months of waiting the company officially joined the S&P 500 on Monday).
Making him so wealthy that he now Joins the criticism of the one percent of Senator Bernie Sanders. , while SpaceX captured the imagination of the homebound public, ushering in a new era of American space travel.
Musk’s cultural influence has grown in lockstep with those achievements, as he is now one of the top 50 most-followed people on Twitter, sitting somewhere between Harry Styles and Oprah.
He currently boasts more than 41 million Twitter followers, which is 10.6 million more than when the ball dropped on December 31. This feat might lead you to conclude that the billionaire is “good at Twitter”.
He’s certainly a master at trending on social media platforms and making headlines out of 280 characters, with reports earlier this year that he ditched Tesla’s PR department in favor of Twitter press releases à la President Trump.
But as we look back at the 2020 timeline, Elon Musk has made great strides in the fields of EVs, space exploration, and renewable energy (and even partially in the distribution of medical devices – areas for which I personally He has appreciated him) despite all the good work done. He is undoubtedly one of the worst people on Twitter.
Yes, Elon Musk is “good at Twitter” in that he posts memes that get hundreds of thousands of retweets and songs that climb to the top of the SoundCloud charts.
He regularly interacts with his followers, talks about the nuances of the design of satellites and the Model 3, and sends out requests for job applications, all linked to the cult and success of his many companies.
He’s also “good at Twitter” in that he disguises misinformation under the guise of mindless expertise in a way that – more than any other titan of industry with his influence – drives engagement, amplifies his message, and causes disproportionate damage. Is.
During the pandemic, he continually posted false and misleading information about COVID-19, medical treatments, and public health measures, as well as hostile animosity against medical professionals and politicians who oversaw the spread of the coronavirus.
And despite being proven wrong by endless experts and studies, he has yet to issue a retraction or apology or even delete his worst tweet.
The problem is that Musk – in a situation like the Dunning-Kruger effect, ironically he tweeted – considers himself an expert in areas where he is not. He is a leading mind in electric vehicles, space exploration, engineering, and entrepreneurship, not just in medicine, epidemiology, or political fields.
And while he is an expert Twitter user, he seems oblivious to the social impact of his increasingly destructive tweets.
But Twitter timelines scroll by, headlines get suppressed and pushed to the back pages of Google, and no results come up. To illustrate the enormous damage Elon Musk did this year, we’ve picked out 69 of his worst tweets (a childish reference he seems to be quite fond of), starting with the trivially bad and moving up to the legitimately harmful. Is.
Here’s hoping he finds the courage to take his advice next year.
tired 69 and 4/20 jokes
We start with several sexes, flatulence, and weed joke appropriate for the back of a middle school bus. The one redeeming thing about the “69 days after 4/20” tweet is that the date — June 28 — is Musk’s actual birthday. Maybe someone with astrological expertise out there can provide some insight.
This meme is a perfect summation of Musk’s childish inability to accept responsibility for his most egregious Twitter crimes, namely calling one of the cave divers who saved a soccer team in Thailand in 2018 a “pedo man” and going after the S.E.C. Is. In 2019.
The Petulant Billionaire
Musk previously tweeted his love for the satirical outlet The Onion, but when they mocked him, he resorted to calling them, socialists. The “rose” is a reference to the Democratic Socialists of America and the organization’s use of the rose symbol, including the rose emoji.
He started his war on pronouns in July …
…and then recently took it again. In case you don’t quite understand this meme, Musk is ridiculing people who include pronouns in their social media account bios, which primarily means people with gender identities that differ from those assigned at birth.
Are different But they seem to be alienating cisgender men who put “he/she” to normalize the practice and stand in solidarity with transgender people and other gender-nonconforming people.
Instead of apologizing, the man who named his baby X Æ A-12 called the pronouns an “aesthetic nightmare” and then tweeted a defense similar to “but I have gay friends”, for which Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, Said, “Tweets mocking Elon Musk are the exact opposite of inclusive leadership today.”
In March, as the pandemic was heading toward its first peak, Musk quickly declared himself a skeptic of the seriousness of COVID-19 … then, of course, freaked out when someone called him a ” virus skeptic” said.
After being taken to task for his dire pandemic opinion, Musk made it clear that he is not a businessman (or a medical professional), just an engineer.
After debating with an actual doctor on Twitter — a virologist at the Georgetown Center for Global Health Science and Security, no less — she chose to turn to data (her preferred tactic)… data that is now headed in the wrong direction.
Hey Elon, here’s one.
Of course, when Musk is the target of online criticism – usually for spreading misinformation like the one above – he’s quick to apply the same rules of decency he regularly flaunts…
In May, Alameda County and Tesla were working on plans to reopen the latter’s factory in California. Musk was more concerned about resuming production than following public health protocols, so he lashed out at Dr. Erica Pan, now the California State Epidemiologist.
The Red Pill Conspiracy Theorist
A reference to The Matrix, the phrase has become a favorite of men’s rights activists, alt-right adherents, and fringe groups alike.
Ivanka Trump said, “Taken!” Lily Wachowski, the film’s producer, said, “Fuck you both.”
His idea of successful reporting: likes and retweets.
Here he is defending a former New York Times reporter (emphasis on former) who is trying to ride the coattails of COVID trutherism to fame:
Another favorite tactic of Musk in legitimizing his opinion is to cite Wikipedia or paste a link to Wikipedia. Here he shows his enthusiasm for the omniscient, all-seeing internet deity.
Don’t give him good press? Then you get burned.
The Pandemic Misinformation, Part 1
Musk published hundreds of coronavirus tweets this year, one of the most prominent on the topic of what he considered to be an inflated COVID-19 death toll. Yes, labeling the deaths correctly is important, as is understanding the details of comorbidity, but the tweets below appear to be aimed at downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic, as evidenced by their idiosyncratic nature. The lack of respect in discussing COVID deaths is appalling, and the conspiracy theories that fueled these arguments are still flourishing.
He also tweeted a picture that reads “Capture Mars” along with a picture of the Moon. Called on by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Musk offered a glimpse into his thought process before tweeting what should be a footnote to every COVID-related outbreak.
As we will see, Musk was a big fan of taking articles out of context and apparently not reading them before tweeting them …
Apologies to the late, great Frank Herbert:
As we’ve seen with other popular Twitter users, advocating the use of drugs that haven’t been fully studied yet isn’t a good idea either:
Again, he sets up “Wikipedia-level informed” as a baseline for adequate medical knowledge. This is not someone you want to seek medical advice from.
The next sentence in the story below, which is not included in the Tesla Fanboy tweet or acknowledged by Musk?
“[USC professor Neeraj] Sood said it is too early to offer policy prescriptions based on the initial results, noting that further studies will provide more information about mortality rates and how fast the disease is spreading.”
James O’Keefe of the far-right fairy tale Project Veritas – the only thing is – it’s good to take information out of context and track down unreliable sources. Naturally, Musk thought he was a good horse to back:
In an attempt to highlight the overreaction to the coronavirus, he actually demonstrated the effectiveness of California’s initial pandemic response:
Sweden’s relatively lax response to the pandemic – no lockdown, voluntary measures – were lambasted by COVID skeptics like Musk. Now we know how it turned out.
And while we still don’t know exactly how COVID affects people of different ages – we sure as hell didn’t know… March 19. That didn’t stop Musk from offering his:
The Faux Patriotism
The quasi-socialist-liberal-liberal billionaire also likes to speak for the political center.
I think we can all agree that the next one was a mistake.
Even he seemed to think so, though he eventually pulled off his comeback.
Another subplot this year for Musk has been his battle with Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates for the title of the second and third richest person in the world, below Jeff Bezos.
But what does Musk do when faced with the prospect of losing a portion of his over $100 billion net worth? Laughter at Senator Sanders, whose Twitter account was quick to point out the government subsidies that Musk’s companies have benefited from.
Are Small Businesses Getting Enough Financial Relief During the Pandemic? No. Did anyone, anywhere man-need a so-called press conference from the founder of a media company for children? Not even.
And Dave Portnoy of Barstool Sports had actually already run for office – he just didn’t get enough signatures to get on the ballot.
No, the scariest thing is witnessing the death of 1.7 million people and counting.
This juvenile patriotic posturing – juxtaposing the fundamental struggle of the United States against the British with misguided hostility towards the pandemic lockdown – has been shown to be more destructive than anyone imagined.
The tweet Musk is responding to is from an anonymous user who advocated for a “call to arms” at the time and is currently retweeting posts about rigging the election.
To reiterate from above, Alameda County was working with the company to restart the plant on May 18, confident in Tesla’s ability to open its Fremont factory in a safe manner for employees. Instead, just seven days before that date, Musk threw a fit and framed it as martyrdom.
The Pandemic Misinformation, Part 2
And … Sweden is at 100 deaths on December 18.
As The Washington Post noted, the “good points” made by “doctors” in this YouTube video turned out to be COVID-19 misinformation. As such, it was swiftly removed by the platform for violating guidelines.
His first two tweets about COVID-19 compared the coronavirus to the common cold, a misconception that continues to be spread today.
After comparing it to the common cold, he agreed with a random Twitter user who cited “old ladies” as expert authorities on the fact that “more people die from the flu,” another lie that It spread on social media and is being dealt with to date.
For all his supposed Wikipedia prowess, Musk apparently didn’t take the time to Google the differences between COVID testing options. Instead, he decided to sow doubt about the entire process. At least it led to a resurgence of the Space Karen.
The origin of that “something bogus is going on” line?
Remember when they said, “Many articles are retweeted based on headlines that don’t match the content”? Case in point: this misleading headline on a post on Ben Shapiro’s right-wing blog, with which Musk agreed.
Did Professor John P.A. Ioannidis actually say that we were seriously overreacting, but that we were overreacting? After nine months, it’s clear that we weren’t.
It’s a bit cathartic to look back at some of the science he explains, especially when it’s often discredited, removed for misinformation (as with previous YouTube videos) or retracted in this case.
To prove his theory that people were reacting to COVID-19, Musk sought information requests from… Nate Silver?
Below is the same tweet from the Daily Wire, but this time Musk clearly takes the information out of context. Many of Musk’s pandemic tweets, more than a dozen listed here, are intentionally misleading, cherry-picked to suit the alternate reality that was cemented in his mind months ago.
Here, he steps into the realm of disinformation. Yes, he is quoting directly from the article, but he also knows that his followers will not read it, only his curated tweets, and will miss the end of his quoted section, which ends thusly: “…while 88 percent of patients who died have at least one pre-morbidity—many had two or three.
The Worst of the Worst
What happens when people like Elon Musk, Laura Ingraham, and President Trump champion anti-malarial drugs as COVID treatments against the recommendations of professionals? At best, they turn their supporters against medical experts. At worst, they take matters into their own hands and end up sick or dead.
There’s a certain type of literati who will agree with Musk on this, that panic in any form is dumb, and that being calm and collected is always a better course of action.
But Musk isn’t saying, “Let’s be cool.” The subtext of this tweet, as we have come to understand from the litany that followed, is that anyone who takes COVID-19 seriously is dumb.
It would be comical if the reality weren’t intolerable. On the last day of April, more than 30,000 new cases were reported in the US, along with more than 2,000 new deaths.
As of today, the country has recorded nearly 18 million cases and 323,000 deaths, and it is not showing signs of stopping anytime soon.
That’s April 2020 he is referencing, to be clear.
Yes, free America … from Elon Musk’s tweets.
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