Less than two weeks after announcing his support for Kanye West's bizarre Presidential run (and subsequently reconsidering), Tesla supremo Elon Musk has garnered some disapproving replies to a series of tweets - even from his own partner, pop musician Grimes.
Last night (24 July), the 49-year-old tech billionaire sent out a number of confusing messages while using the rose emoji, a symbol for the Democratic Socialists of America.
Alongside the emojis he wrote, "Twitter sucks," adding in the same thread, "I bet no one on Twitter even *has* a guillotine! Poseurs..."
Further controversy was sparked with a post that simply reads, "Pronouns suck," which has received over 13,300 comments at the time of writing.
The reaction to the statement - which references the issue surrounding pronouns assigned to trans and gender non-binary people - has received mixed reviews.
One person who's not happy with his opinion is his own partner and mother to his newborn child, Grimes, who replied: "I love you but please turn off ur phone or give me a dall [sic]. I cannot support hate. Please stop this. I know this is not your heart."
Although the 32-year-old Canadian singer - real name Claire Elise Boucher - has since deleted her tweet, Musk's message remains on Twitter and continues to gain traction online.
"Who else cringes more and more often every time they see Elon tweet lately?" wrote one user, while another said, "What's so hard about calling someone a pronoun? It literally does absolutely nothing to you to call them it and it's what they like to be referred as so why not just do it?"
This is just one of a number of Musk's tweets that have sparked a backlash in the past 24 hours.
"Another government stimulus package is not in the best interests of the people IMO," he wrote in an earlier post, an apparent reference to US Congress' consideration of another financial package to help individuals and industries recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
Although Musk explained that he is in favour of universal basic income, many were still angry with his statement, pointing out the financial support he's gained as a result of his business.
Musk's next moves are yet to be seen, but it certainly looks like this is one battle he'll have to embark upon without Grimes' support.
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