Elon Musk Is NOT Your Friend

Adam De Salle
16 min readJul 17, 2021
Elon Musk

Man, people love Elon Musk don’t they? You know, the funny meme man, the real life Tony Stark. Musk has such a weird sycophantic following. God he’s so great, with all his talk of space travel and renewable energy and self-driving cars — a true pioneer. He’s always doing something that Elon, hosting Saturday Night Live, tweeting funny things, creating flamethrowers, setting up candy shops (yeah seriously). To quote Kanye West, “If Elon has a bad week, we have a bad life. Leave that man the f*ck alone.” Jeez, I really wish I was friends with the ol’ Elongated Muskrat, seems like the kind of guy I could grab a beer with. Except, uh, wait, he absolutely is not.

I mean have you seen some of his tweets? Don’t get me wrong, Elon Musk isn’t your friend because of some bad tweets — believe me there are a lot worse reasons why he sucks. But his Twitter page is home to some of the most attention-seeking content anyone could put out onto the internet (hyperbole of course, but just give them a read). For example:

Or when he tweeted “The coronavirus panic is dumb”, and then “Based on current trends, probably close to zero new cases in the US too by end of April [2020].” Wow, that sure didn’t age well Elon, given, as of July 2021 there are in total 34 million cases of Covid-19 in the US, and 608k deaths. But as I said, this isn’t about his terrible tweets — it’s about him.

Robert Downey Jr. Playing Tony Stark in Spider-Man: Homecoming

Let’s return to that Tony Stark comparison. Tony Stark, the suave, very pretentious, genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, is just the embodiment of a fantasy where pompous jackasses with bad PR ultimately are the ones who “save the world”. We absolutely love that trope, the Edison or Sherlock Holmes types — who don’t play by the rules of ‘civilised society’ but boy do they get results. Society only constrains the abilities of these geniuses. But this also isn’t about the internet or pop culture persona of Elon. Musk is bad, but not just because he tweets bad. Sure, Tony Stark saved the world, but Iron Man is also a fictional…

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Adam De Salle

I am a young writer interested in providing the intellectual tools to those in the political trenches so that they may fight their battles well-informed.