logo
logo

Elon Musk’s fall should bring our stratospheric expectations down to earth

avatar
Jason Vest
img

The Tesla founder had little choice.

While the world was celebrating the miraculous rescue of the 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave complex in Thailand, Musk was hurling insults at a British man involved in the rescue effort, which culminated in a petulant and extremely crude tweet (now deleted) calling the rescue diver a “pedo guy”.

Because the expert diver had the audacity to question Musk’s own rescue efforts, and dismiss his specially designed “kid-size submarine” as a “PR stunt”.

In a world where the President of the United States regularly attacks critics on Twitter in childish and outrageous terms, we have grown accustomed to social media outbursts from celebrity figures.

But whether due to the shocking severity of this insult, or the arrogance of wading in after one of the most extraordinary rescues of all time, this was a tantrum that the global public was not going to let Musk forget.

And so on Wednesday, three days after his tweet and in the wake of a 3.5 per cent drop in Tesla’s share price and the threat of a lawsuit, Musk finally apologised.

collect
0
avatar
Jason Vest
guide
Zupyak is a free content platform for publishing and discovering stories, software and startups.