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Elon Musk Chastises Advertisers Who Departed From X Because To Antisemitic Material

Elon Musk Chastises Advertisers Who Departed From X Because To Antisemitic Material
In a scathing interview, billionaire Elon Musk ordered advertisers who had left his social networking platform X because to antisemitic content to "Go fuck yourself".
His obscene comments came after a brief period of regret during an interview with the New York Times DealBook Summit. Musk apologised several times for tweeting on November 15th endorsing a piece that was critical of Jews.
Since he sided with a user who made the unfounded accusation that Jews were inciting hatred against White people, Musk has been the target of unrelenting criticism. Referencing the "Great Replacement" conspiracy theory, Musk said in his post that the user was expressing "the actual truth."
Musk described his post as potentially the worst he had ever made in a history of messages that included many "foolish" ones, saying he had "handed a loaded gun" to both critics and antisemites.
Due to Musk's remarks, X as a whole—including CEO Linda Yaccarino—is under pressure. According to an executive who spoke with Reuters, she would stay on staff.
Late on Wednesday night, Yaccarino stated in an X post that Musk had extended an apology and "an explicit point of view about our position."
"And here’s my perspective when it comes to advertising: X is standing at a unique and amazing intersection of Free Speech and Main Street — and the X community is powerful and is here to welcome you. To our partners who believe in our meaningful work -- Thank You," she added.
The CEO of Tesla sneered at the notion that he was antisemitic, saying that advertisers who left Twitter (X) shouldn't assume they could use their departure as leverage.
"If somebody's gonna try to blackmail me with advertising, blackmail me with money? Go fuck yourself," he said.
"Go. Fuck. Yourself. Is that clear? I hope it is. Hey, Bob, if you're in the audience," he added, in an apparent reference to Robert Iger, chief executive of Walt Disney, which pulled ads on X. Iger spoke earlier at the event and said that Disney felt the association with X following Musk's move "was not a positive one for us". A spokesperson from Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"What I care about is the reality of goodness, not the perception of it. And what I see all over the place is people who care about looking good while doing evil. Fuck them," Musk said.
Speaking as the former head of global media at Bank of America and founder of marketing firm AJL Advisory, Lou Paskalis described Musk's derogatory remarks directed at advertising as the "closing chapter" for businesses working with X. "They're not going to forget that," he declared.
Musk pointed to SpaceX rockets and Tesla electric cars as examples of items his company produces that people who didn't like him should think about based on their quality. "I promise not to give in," he declared.
Based on Tesla's enormous sales of electric vehicles, Musk continued, he may have done more for the environment personally than anyone else in the world while working at the company.
"It would be fair to say, therefore, as a leader of the company, I've done more for the environment than everyone -- any single human on Earth."
Musk made his remarks the same day that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a warning, claiming that the future of Israel and the safety of Jews worldwide are at risk due to the surge in antisemitism that has occurred since the beginning of the Israel-Hamas conflict. The increase in antisemitism is concerning to Jews like us. In a tearful 40-minute Senate speech, Schumer described the situation as "a five-alarm fire that needs to be put out."
The White House denounced Musk's article, calling it a "abhorrent promotion of antisemitic and racist hate."
The "Great Replacement" idea, which makes up the untrue assertion that non-white immigration are ethnically and culturally replacing white populations, is being engineered by Jews and leftists and would cause a "white genocide."
Major American corporations such as Walt Disney (DIS.N), Warner Bros Discovery , and Comcast, the parent company of NBCUniversal, halted their adverts on X following the post. The advertiser withdrawal was sparked by a revelation from the liberal watchdog group Media Matters, which claimed to have discovered advertisements next to content that advocated Nazism. The platform sued Media Matters last week on grounds of defamation.
Musk was certain that X could not succeed financially and laid the fault on the advertising industry.
"If the company fails because of advertiser boycott, it will fail because of an advertiser boycott. And that will be what bankrupt the company and that's what everybody on earth will know," he said. "Let the chips fall where they may."
Following the criticism of his article, Musk visited Israel on October 7 and took a tour of the location of Hamas' attack there. He had a live-streamed chat on X on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Musk claimed on Wednesday that the trip was "independent" of the problem and that it had been scheduled before to his statement.
In Israel, Musk declared that X will not support hate speech and that he opposes anything that "promotes hate and conflict" and antisemitism. The father of an Israeli hostage kidnapped by Hamas gave him a symbolic dog tag there, which he vowed to wear until all the hostages were released. On stage on Wednesday, he was wearing the dog tag.
"The fact that you came here speaks volumes of your commitment to try to secure a better future," Netanyahu told Musk during the conversation in Israel.
In his extensive interview on Wednesday, Musk covered a wide range of topics, including U.S. presidential politics, the environment, and freedom of speech. Musk stated that he did not believe he would vote to re-elect President Joe Biden, but he did not state that he would support Donald Trump, who is expected to be his opponent.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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