Elon Musk has a pretty blunt response to companies that choose to pull their ads from his social media platform: “Go f*** yourself.”
“Don’t advertise. If someone is going to try and blackmail me with advertising? Blackmail me with money? Go f— yourself,” Musk said during the New York Times 2023 DealBook Summit Wednesday.
More specifically, Musk called out Disney CEO Bob Iger after the entertainment giant said they’d be pulling ads from X, formerly known as Twitter, after Musk was accused of endorsing an “anti-Semitic conspiracy theory earlier this month. At the time, Musk had responded to a post claiming that the largely left-leaning Jewish community in the United States “have been pushing the exact kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them.” Critics then accused him of supporting a conspiracy theory that claims Jews want to import minority populations into Western countries to reduce the number of whites.
Shortly afterward, Disney said they would no longer be hosting paid ads on the platform - to which Musk said Wednesday that he doesn’t care.
“Go f— yourself, is that clear? Hey Bob, if you’re in the audience. That’s how I feel, don’t advertise,” Musk continued.
Elon Musk reacts to advertiser boycotts:— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) November 29, 2023
"If somebody is gonna try to blackmail me with money… Go f*ck yourself."
Host is stunned and speechless.
Elon repeats: "Go f*ck yourself." pic.twitter.com/MCDo2jlBBU
Far from pushing antiSemitism, Musk himself took time to travel to Israel to visit a kibbutz that had been destroyed by Hamas in its brutal terror attack on October 7. He has since apologized for responding to the questionable post, saying it "might literally be the worst and dumbest post I’ve ever done."
Elon Musk apologized for the tweet that made everyone upset. You won’t see this reported on networks with an axe to grind with X.— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) November 30, 2023
"I’m sorry for that post ... it might literally be the worst and dumbest post I’ve ever done."
“And I’ve tried my best to clarify six ways from… pic.twitter.com/Dq71JFGvH2
Musk added Wednesday that he has “no problem being hated” and that “it’s a real weakness to want to be liked.”
“Hate me, like me, or indifferent, do you want the best car or do you not want the best car,” he said.
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