These tweets split the SpaceX time continuum.
Elon Musk’s $44 billion Twitter acquisition wasn’t the first time he obsessed the platform. Like a basketball owner who used to hit the court dead, the Tesla boss has been a fixture on Twitter for years: from his highly acclaimed, ongoing beef with Bill Gates to his flippant jokes about hot topics like the COVID-19 pandemic and gender pronouns.
Musk’s non-existent Twitter filter may be fitting, as he appears to be planning to make the platform a place where almost anything is possible.
“Freedom of expression is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital marketplace for discussing issues vital to the future of humanity,” the 50-year-old social media mogul said.
In fact, after SpaceX’s honcho took over and privatized Twitter, many conservative pundits claimed their follower numbers had skyrocketed. Right-wing watchdogs questioned whether the phenomenon was due to the company releasing them from digital house arrest.
Without further ado, here are 12 hard-hitting tweets from Elon Musk that left a mark.
say good night to your V card
Musk’s non-rhetorical flamethrower was featured in 2018 when the entrepreneur retweeted a fake news article claiming he had bought the popular video game Fortnite and deleted it to “save children from perpetual virginity.”
“Needs to be done, welcome” the centimillionaire quipped in the tweet with more than 1.1 million likes.
The nerd-bashing barb didn’t sit well with the game’s developer, Epic Games, who mocked Musk for his mission to colonize Mars.
However, it looks like the two have since put down their apparent beef: The Tesla CEO showed his support for the pixel supplier after it challenged Apple’s fees on its app store.
What a storage block
Elon Musk is notorious for seemingly torpedoing Tesla stock with tweets so outrageous they would probably have Wall Street hiring the Easter Bunny to stop him from typing.
In a particular block of stocks from 2020, the twit-wit caused the automaker’s shares to plummet after tweeting: “Tesla stock price is too high imo.”
A ticked trader responded: “Dude… I just lost $10,000 because of this tweet. Wtf is wrong with you.”
Twitter high jinks
In the realm of stock-fuelling antics, nothing beats smoking Musk at 2018’s “Joe Rogan Experience.” The Nueralink visionary recently retweeted a meme about the haughty moment, having acquired a 9 percent stake in Twitter earlier this month.
“Twitter’s next board meeting will be lit” read the meme.
Ethical concerns aside, it’s probably safe to say that Twitter will not be a “boring company” under the Musk regime.
Not Biden his tongue
Elon Musk was unsurprisingly unhappy with President Joe Biden for failing to mention Tesla in a recent speech about US car manufacturing.
After the alleged snub, the electric car pioneer tweeted that the leader of the free world was a “wetter.” [sock] Puppet in human form” – with blue sock emojis for emphasis. Burn sick, brother.
Musk appears to think Kanye West would be a better fit for president than Biden after supporting Yes’s short-lived 2020 presidential campaign.
“We must now fulfill America’s promise by trusting in God, uniting our vision, and building our future,” the “Jesus Walks” singer tweeted. “I’m running for President of the United States.”
Musk retweeted the announcement with the caption“You have my full support!”
Who wears shorts?
The richest man in the world is apparently not afraid to confuse it with the Internet mobas evidenced by this hilarious exchange with a fan about Tesla merchandise.
“Short shorts coming to Tesla merch” teased Muskwho added in a follow-up tweet that they were being paired with “thigh-high sock boots”. He was referring to a set of red satin shorts he released to celebrate Tesla’s stock surge – which ironically crashed the online store.
An amused user then wondered if the big shot of the company would be “modeling”.” the clothing, to which he replied “Naturally.”
Unfortunately, the entrepreneur has never put his money where his mouth is.
It’s not for pronouns
While many CEOs strive to avoid sensitive issues, Musk has remained steadfastly politically incorrect in his online discourse.
In one of his more controversial Twitter spikes, the Tesla boss said “pronouns suck” – earning him an online tongue-slip from his then-partner Grimes, who identifies as non-binary.
“I love you, but please turn off your phone or call me [sic]’ Grimes ranted in a now-deleted tweet. “I cannot support this hate. Please stop it. I know that’s not your heart.”
Musk reignited the anger of the transgender community later that year over a tweet that called pronouns an “aesthetic nightmare.”
The Idiot Avirus
Pronouns aren’t the only hot topic Musk turns up his nose at. The visionary has infamously dismissed COVID-19 lockdowns and even explained it “Coronavirus panic ‘stupid’ in a tweet with more than 1.5 million likes.
“Billy G is not my lover”
The auto tycoon has savaged fellow billionaire Bill Gates on multiple occasions, most recently roasting the Microsoft co-founder after Gates appeared to short Tesla shares during a row over his commitment to fighting climate change.
He published a tweet in which he compares Gates – in a direct comparison – with one Emoji of a pregnant man with the caption “if you must lose [an erection] fast.”
Musk previously poked fun at Gates after he called out his views on the coronavirus pandemic.
“Elon’s positioning is to maintain a high level of outrageous commentary,” Gates told CNBC back in July 2020. “He’s not much to do with vaccines. He builds a great electric car. His rockets work well, so he’s allowed to say those things. I hope he doesn’t confuse areas he’s not involved in too much.”
In response, Musk quipped, “Billy G is not my lover” — a nod to the lyrics to the Michael Jackson hit “Billie Jean.”
“The rumor that Bill Gates and I are lovers is completely false,” Musk tweeted.
Musk – who is worth a whopping $240 billion according to Forbes – confused his Twitter followers afterwards Announcing in 2020 that it was him “sell almost all physical possessions” and “own no house”.
“My girlfriend @grimezz is mad at me”, he quipped, referring to then-partner Grimes in a follow-up tweet describes his proposed downsized lifestyle.
The business tycoon apparently didn’t smoke: Earlier this month, Musk said he doesn’t own a house and mostly sleeps in his friends’ “vacant bedrooms.”
In June last year Musk tweeted this His primary residence is a lease from SpaceX worth about $50,000. In addition, the home was conveniently located near the company’s location in Texas. In the tweet, he also admitted owning a “venue home” in the Bay Area.
Perhaps Musk’s impromptu posts aren’t surprising at all, considering he claims to mostly tweet in the restroom. “At least 50% of my tweets have been made on a porcelain throne.” boasted the tech boss in a November Twitter post.
Some of Musk’s most epic tweets followed his Twitter acquisition, a move that prompted threats of exodus from left-leaning celebs. They claimed that with the Tesla boss at the helm, the social media platform would become a hate pit.
The Tesla Cybertruck creator was quick to dismiss critics with a nod to COVID resistance, To write: “The extreme antibody response of those who fear freedom of expression says it all.”
Still musk said he hopes his “worst critics stay on Twitter because that means freedom of expression”.
Unfortunately, the Twitter boss’s principles may not align with his acquisition agreement, which prohibits the tech boss from tweeting criticism of the company.
https://nypost.com/2022/04/27/12-times-elon-musk-proved-he-owned-twitter-before-he-even-bought-it/ Elon Musk has proven he owns Twitter 12 times before he even bought it