Elon Musk Slings Expletives At Advertisers Fleeing X
Elon Musk, the billionaire owner of X, says advertisers that have stopped spending on the platform due to his endorsement of an antisemitic post canthemselves.
“What it’s going to dothe company, and the whole world will know the advertisers killed the company,” Musk said at the New York Times DealBook conference on Wednesday. “Go f—- yourself.”
The post was theand ever done,” said Musk,
Still, if advertisers leave the company, its failure will be their fault, not his — saying they were trying to “blackmail me with money,” he said. “I won’t tap dance” to prove trustworthy, he said.
Musk took the stage at the DealBook conference following a tumultuous few weeks for the world’s richesta net worth of around $226 billion.
Earlier this month, Musk agreed with a post that said Jewish people hold a “dialectical hatred” of white people. That message has since drawn criticism from the White HouseTesla investors. Major corporate spenders, including Walt Disney Co. and Apple Inc., have distanced themselves
From the DealBook stage, Musk called out “Bob” specifically, referring to Robert Iger,Iger spoke at an event earlier in the day.
For the first time since the post spurred a global backlash, Musk apologized for his choice of words, according to a video posted to the New York Times’ account on X. Musk, who flew to Israel to tour areas that were impacted by the Oct. 7 Hamas attack alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said the trip was planned before the advertiser backlash. It wasn’t anhe said. Following his visit, he appeared on stage wearing a dog has become symbolic of a call for the return of hostages captured by Hamas, which is designated a terrorist organization by the US and EU.
Musk urged people to judge him by his actions rather than his words andtwo companies he runs as a justification. Tesla, he said, makes more electric cars than its competitors. SpaceX, Exploration Technologies Corp., sends more satellites into space than any other company or country.
“Hate me, like me, or be indifferent. Do you want thecar, or do you not want the car?” he said. He said he’d done “more for the environment than any human being.”
Musk also addressed the inordinate amount ofwields given his market power in key industries such as cars, space, satellites, and social media. The billionaire holds the keys to technological tools that provide him with the political on.
“The reason I have these powers isn’t because of anticompetitive actions but because we’ve executed well,” he said.
Musk, whoclose to President Barack Obama, has had a contentious relationship with the Biden said on Wednesday that he couldn’t see himself voting for President Joe Biden in the 2024 US presidential election.
He cited the president’s snub ofa reference to a 2021 electric vehicle summit where Biden invited legacy Detroit automakers to the White House lawn but left out Musk and Tesla. The brush Musk-led automaker, which has 140,000 employees globally and is the world’s leading EV manufacturer, has remained a sore point for the billionaire.
Since then, Musk hascloser to the Republican party. In October, he appeared at a fundraiser for Republican candidate Vivek May Musk hosted Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on X as he announced his 2024 presidential campaign.
Musk also bristled at the upswell of union activity atinked a record contract with the United Auto Workers union earlier this year showed up on the picket line to support unionized employees. Now, the UAW is Tesla.
“I disagree with the idea of unions,” Muskthat if the UAW’s unionization drive proves successful it’s because Tesla failed to provide a good enough working environment. plants are unionized, it’s because “we deserve it,” he said.
The billionaire also addressed the debacle at Open AI, the maker of ChatGPT that Musk cofounded but later stepped down from. “I have mixed feelings about Sam,” Musk said about CEO Sam Altman, who was recently ousted and reinstated. “The ring of power
He said the public should know the reason Altman was fired,it has to do with some dangers of AI. “I don’t think it was trivial.”
Musk is building a rival, calleddata from X, the social network.