Elon Musk certainly needs no introduction. He might be one of the wealthiest men in the world, but he is not without his fair share of controversies. Therefore, it comes as no surprise he accused advertisers of blackmail during a recent interview.
While speaking at the 2023 DealBook Summit in New York on Wednesday, Elon Musk dismissed concerns from advertisers leaving the platform due to antisemitic posts he shared on Twitter. In fact, he went so far as to accuse advertisers of blackmailing him
“If somebody’s going to try to blackmail me with advertising? Blackmail me with money? Go f— yourself. Go. F—. Yourself. Is that clear?”
He specifically singled out Disney CEO Bob Iger in the audience, saying, “Hi Bob!”
Musk suggested that his fans would respond by boycotting the advertisers who chose to leave. He then gave a warning to the world, stating that everyone would know those advertisers killed the company.
“The whole world will know that those advertisers killed the company, and we will document it in great detail.”
Elon Musk also recently changed his stance on a controversial antisemitic remark. Musk’s promotion and verbal endorsement of what the White House referred to as “antisemitic and racist hate” on Twitter has led to significant consequences. Advertisers, including Disney and Apple, suspended campaigns on the platform, and prominent users, such as Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, abandoned it.
Acknowledging his own actions, Musk referred to the tweets as “one of the most foolish if not the most foolish thing I’ve ever done on the platform.” Regardless, Elon Musk will continue to be a source of controversy for many and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.
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