Tesla CEO and the world’s wealthiest man Elon Musk said the prevalence of the “woke mind virus” in the U.S. is choking out true comedy and poses “arguably one of the biggest threats to modern civilization,” in a wide-ranging interview with popular satire site The Babylon Bee.
“Wokeness wants to make comedy illegal. … Do we want a humorless society that is simply rife with condemnation and hate, basically?” Musk asked. “At its heart, wokeness is divisive, exclusionary, and hateful. It basically gives mean people a shield to be cruel, armored in false virtue.”
Musk said he used to read satire sites such as “The Onion” often but drifted toward the Bee as leftist “moral lecture,” SNL-esque humor took over.
“It used to be very funny and then it was not that funny,” Musk said while sipping a White Claw.
Musk also questioned whether comedy nowadays is trying to be funny or if there is a “propaganda element” motivating which content is presented to audiences.
“There are just a lot of no-fly zones with a lot of comedy. And then you realize it’s like, wait a sec, is the comedy getting to an essential truth or is there a propaganda element? Or is it trying to put us in a direction or getting to an essential truth that is humorous? And when it stops trying to get to an essential truth that is humorous, then, you know, it’s just not that funny,” Musk said.
Musk, who relocated his company’s headquarters from California to Texas due to the Golden State’s heavy-handed leftist policies, also encouraged Bee employees who are located in California to find a better state.”
“California used to be the land of opportunity and now it’s becoming more so the land of over-regulation, over-litigation, over-taxation, and scorn,” Musk said.
On his Twitter squabble with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., where he called her “Senator Karen,” Musk said, “She struck first.”
“Yes, she did actually call me a freeloader and a grifter who doesn’t pay taxes. I’m literally paying the most tax that any individual in history has ever paid this year, ever, and she doesn’t pay taxes, basically. And her taxes and salary is paid for by the taxpayer like me. If you could die by irony, she would be dead,” Musk said.
On the metaverse, Musk said he’s not convinced that the concept will take off with people.
“I don’t know if I necessarily buy into all this metaverse stuff,” Musk admitted. Later, he said he thinks “we’re far from disappearing into the metaverse.”
“It sounds just kind of buzzwordy,” Musk said.
When it comes to exploring space and his SpaceX ventures, Musk said he thinks he will die before Mars “becomes a self-sustaining civilization” and said he’s not convinced that there is extraterrestrial life.
“If anyone would know about evidence of aliens it would be me, and I’ve seen nothing,” Musk said.