“I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare,” Musk tweeted in response to an article titled ‘Real Friends Interrupt You When You Are Making A Mistake’, which criticized his penchant for edgy memes.
Displaying personal pronouns on Twitter bios is often seen as a form of virtue signaling by those in online conservative communities, and as a means to show solidarity with trans and non-binary people among liberal circles.
Members of the LGBTQ community weighed in with a variety of takes, both supportive and critical of Musk.
Amidst the drama, others started examining Musk’s own record and began mocking his choice to name his child X Ӕ A-12, after “a wifi password.” The billionaire’s own esthetic credentials were also called into question, with the Tesla Cybertruck held up as proof that he shouldn’t be considered an authority in the field.
Others still called for calm, and for people on all sides to put down their digital pitchforks.
Musk previously tweeted“pronouns suck,” to the chagrin of many – including his girlfriend and mother of his child X Ӕ A-12, Canadian songstress Grimes.
He apparently learned from the fallout of his last pronoun protest, as he immediately had a response for the backlash to his latest meme, showing off his company’s equality credentials by posting Tesla’s 100/100 score on the Human Rights Campaign’s LGBTQ corporate equality index.
Naturally, this too was criticized, by none other than the former Human Rights Council press secretary, activist and writer Charlotte Clymer, who scolded Musk and reminded him that points can be deducted for behaviors like offensive tweets from company CEOs.
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