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Why Do People Hate Elon Musk So Much? Let’s Breakdown the Criticism Against Him

Posted by Sonnet Gomes

If you have a significant investment in Bitcoin and start muttering, “I hate Elon Musk,” I won’t be surprised. Tesla-boss makes the Bitcoin price like his personal radio-controlled plane. It makes frequent nose dives and flies high with his power of tweets. But why do people hate Elon Musk so much?

Is this the only reason people say terribly about him? A few days earlier, I was going over a few tweets and social media shares. I found some interesting reasons people hate him for. The reasons range from being one of the richest guys in the world to colonize outer space and many more allegedly. 

Let’s break down the criticisms and see whether he deserves it or not. 

Musk is Expanding the Global Wealth Gap 

Bernie Sanders once tweeted, “The 50 wealthiest people in America today own more wealth than the bottom half of our people. Let me repeat that, because it is almost too absurd to believe: the 50 wealthiest people in this country own more wealth than some 165 MILLION Americans. That is a moral obscenity.”

With a net worth of $147.3-billion, Musk will definitely be on the laser-like focus of Sanders along with his other 49 Billionaire Buddies. By the way, Sanders also owns around $2-million worth of wealth, mostly from book deals, sales, and three houses in D.C. and Burlington. 

In my opinion, Musk is a true entrepreneur who revolutionizes transportation in both earth and outer space. Tesla may not be the pioneer in Electrical Vehicles, but it’s him who makes it an icon. Now even Ford is joining the Elite EV club. 

Musk’s rocket company SpaceX is leaping forward to make travel like a breeze in outer space. Going to Mars will be like having a long-haul flight from JFK  to Beijing very soon.  

A South African Immigrant to Canada and a transfer student to the University of Pennsylvania developed some of the most ambitious projects beyond imagination. Of course, in this course, he made billions. But it cannot be a reason why do people hate Elon Musk. 

Now, if I feel bad that Musk has snatched my share of the wealth while sitting on my comfy couch for the whole day, I better take a ride on the SpaceX rocket. And land on a Utopian world somewhere in the Milky Way. 

Musk Thinks the Coronavirus Panic is ‘DUMB’

In March 2020, Elon Musk posted a series of Tweets claiming the coronavirus panic is ‘Dumb,’ children are essentially ‘Immune,’ and lockdown is “Outrage.’ 

For a businessman like Musk, PR is one of the best tools to keep the cash flow on the run. And shutting down the Tesla plant when it is supposed to be in full swing was a big blow for him. There is no wonder that he labeled safety measures like lockdowns as ‘outrage.’ However, he got infected eventually and admitted having mild symptoms. 

I am glad he, at least, didn’t say “by April (2020) it will miraculously goes away” or “if we stopped testing right now, we would have very few cases, if any.” You know what I mean

Like most populist leaders, Musk tried denial techniques. He did it to minimize the impact of the pandemic on Tesla’s share price and EV production. Besides, a part of the White House was also playing in the same style by ignoring all the cautionary messages from WHO and CDC. 

However, he becomes infuriated on the testing when it showed both positive and negative for him. He even described the testing as “flipping a coin.” But one thing he never shared is that all those results were antigen tests where false negative is a common scenario. So being negative doesn’t mean you don’t have the infection. 

Later, Musk was tested with PCR, the gold standard for the Covid-19 diagnosis, and he never disclosed the results. But said in November that he “def” had the infection. This makes me realize why do people hate Elon Musk. He is a manipulative character and can use any ploy to get what he wants.  

Musk’s Anti-Lockdown Crusade Exposed Tesla Workers to Covid-19 

Elon Musk was never a fan of lockdown or shelter-in-place order by the US government. Nevertheless, I wasn’t too surprised as the top of the government even has a “mask is not required” policy. 

Anyway, Tesla CEO opened the Fremont Factory in California, defying the state orders. He was a big advocate of Sweden’s Herd Immunity concept where the elderly will stay at home, but the rest will lead a normal life.   

But Sweden’s plan backfired with unprecedented waves of new cases and a surge in the death toll. The country reversed its no-lockdown policy and imposed stricter restrictions to make people stay home. However, Musk stayed put, and Tesla continued its operation in the Fremont factory. 

The factory remains open and operational despite several workers getting infected with the virus. Instead of regret, Musk filed a lawsuit against the state. Although later he withdraws the lawsuit, it ensured his factory stayed open, maintaining safety measures and social distancing. 

Why Do People Hate Elon Musk? Well, Colonization of Outer Space

Earth could one day become a difficult place to live. The scarcity of food and especially water will be a big issue for the survival of the human race. Of course, it’s not going to happen in the next few decades, but in the next few thousand years, the probability is pretty high. 

Musk considers his idea of building a city on Mars will be an excellent opportunity to develop a better place to live for the human population in any unfavorable situation. 

People hate him because they think Elon will transport people to Mars and use them to develop the city while making them face all the harshness of nature and difficulties in living. Even some compare it with the way American settlers were used as cheap labor to make the land livable for others. 

I strongly disagree with the common notion of the people against Musk, especially in this Mars issue. In an interview with Businessinsider, he clearly says that all the extremity and life-threatening difficulties will be on the ads for Mars along with all the opportunities for adventures of a lifetime. 

it’s dangerous, you might die, it’s going to be uncomfortable, it’s going to be a long journey. Food probably won’t be good. There’s also this terrible terror, but it’s going to be a great adventure, and be one of the most exciting things that ever happened, if you don’t die. That would be my ad for Mars.

Elon Musk while having an interview with Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of Axel Springer

This guy has envisioned a great future for humankind, and there is no way he will reign over that tiny Martian territory forever. If some of us want to have that lifetime experience, the SpaceX rocket seats will be available soon. No one is forcing us with guns and shackles on our legs to get into the cellar of those rockets. 

Musk Demean College Education and Degree 

“Somebody works hard on something including a bunch of sort of annoying homework assignments” or “colleges are basically for fun and to prove you can do your chores, but they are not for learning.” These two statements are enough to infuriate the scholar communities around the globe, and they did. 

This is one of the main reasons, after Bitcoin price flipping, why do people hate Elon Musk that badly. And you may do the same, saying it is easy for someone with two bachelor’s degrees. Those youngsters from underprivileged societies still consider college degrees as a way to a better life and future. 

Well, I think Musk never told us to lock down the colleges and start watching YouTube and learn. His personal opinion is that a mere degree cannot decide everything if someone wants to grow and prosper in life. 

Besides, career switching has become a major trend in almost every sector. Are you wondering why? Students started realizing that a degree is narrowing down and limiting their creativity. It is keeping them in one sector. You have an economics degree; it doesn’t mean you cannot become an engineer one day. 

Musk simply echoed with it. Because he has one BS degree in economics and a BA in physics. None of them stopped him from becoming an entrepreneur in almost every sector. 

Why Do People Hate Elon Musk? Because He Always Has a Say

People like Musk will always have a say and action in every situation. Otherwise, we would have seen him as a technician in the big lab or maybe as a junior assistant economist in a financial firm. We are talking about him and hating him because he has his opinion. No matter if we agree with it or not. 

We can always hate him for promoting misinformation about the pandemic, opposing lockdown, denying people can die with Covid-19, or saying college is for fun, not for learning. His u-turn from Bitcoin will keep him as a crypto-villain forever. But it is not easy to deny his contribution to our life. 

Imagine a scenario in the near future. You are using PayPal to pay for the Mars trip on a SpaceX rocket sitting on your Tesla Model Y EV. You can still hate Musk like crazy, but ignoring him will be almost impossible.   

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