In a recent interview with CNBC’s David Faber, Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to free speech. Musk boldly stated that he will express his thoughts without hesitation, even if it means facing financial repercussions.
The conversation took an intriguing turn when Faber questioned Musk about a particular tweet, in which Musk compared George Soros to the fictional character Magneto. While Musk acknowledged that his post was unfair to Magneto, he stood by his opinion that Soros seeks to influence the very fabric of civilization and harbors animosity toward humanity.
Soros reminds me of Magneto
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 16, 2023
Musk went on to further say, “I’d like apologize for this post. It was really unfair to Magneto.”
Faber delved deeper, raising concerns about Musk’s decision to share such opinions openly. He questioned the wisdom of expressing ideas that may clash with the beliefs of Tesla buyers or Twitter’s advertisers. Faber wondered why Musk didn’t choose to confine these thoughts to private conversations or limited circles.
“Okay, but why share it?” Faber asked. “Why share it especially, I mean, why share it when people who buy Teslas may not agree with you, advertisers on Twitter may not agree with you. Why not just say, hey, I think this. You can tell me, we can talk about it over there. And you can tell your friends, but why share it widely?”
Musk’s response was unambiguous, citing the principle of freedom of speech as his guiding light. He defended his right to express his opinions openly, without restriction. He emphasized that he should be able to speak his mind, irrespective of potential financial losses, asserting, “I’ll say what I want to say, and if the consequence of that is losing money, so be it.”
In an era marked by increasing concerns over cancel culture and stifled dialogue, Musk’s stance serves as a rallying cry for those who value free expression. His unyielding determination to exercise his right to speak freely resonates with individuals who believe that ideas, no matter how controversial, should be subject to open discussion and scrutiny.
Elon Musk is asked about his Tweet saying George Soros reminds him of Magneto 🤣 pic.twitter.com/4gfsURVGIF
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) May 16, 2023