Musk Delivers R-Rated Response To Advertisers Abandoning X
Billionaire Elon Musk has faced mounting backlash from the corporate world and leftist media since he acquired Twitter — subsequently rebranded X — last year.
Most recently, he has faced an onslaught of allegations that he allows hate speech on the platform and even that he is personally antisemitic.
During a recent interview with CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin during The New York DealBook Summit, Musk pushed back against his critics and offered a scathing rebuke of fleeing advertisers and companies that have publicly demonized the company.
“What this advertising boycott is going to do is it is going to kill the company,” he asserted. “And the whole world will know that those advertisers killed the company.”
Despite the financial ramifications, Musk has refused to shift his strategy to align with those who have pulled or threatened to pull their ads from X — including Disney. He took direct aim at the entertainment company’s CEO, Bob Iger, in his remarks this week.
“Don’t advertise,” he said. “If someone is going to try and blackmail me with advertising, blackmail me with money — go f— yourself. Go f— yourself. Is that clear? Hey Bob, if you’re in the audience, that’s how I feel. Don’t advertise.”
He did, however, offer a mea culpa for publicly supporting a post widely interpreted as antisemitic, which in turn caused a wave of advertisers to flee.
“I should in retrospect not have replied to that one person and should have written in greater length what I meant,” Musk explained. “But those clarifications were ignored by the media and essentially I handed a loaded gun to those who hate me and arguably to those who are antisemitic. And for that I’m quite sorry. That was not my intention.”
Although he lamented the move as “one of the most foolish, if not the most foolish thing [he has] done on the platform,” he flatly rejected the claim that he personally harbors any bias against Jews.
As for his recent trip to Israel, Musk went on to deny that it was a staged attempt to make amends for his remarks.
While in Israel, he met with leaders, visited victims of Hamas terrorism and toured the area where an attack nearly two months ago originated.