When it comes to the Musk family, the apple does not fall far from the tree. Elon Musk, the billionaire, isn’t afraid to stand up to his critics, and his mother isn’t far behind when it comes to protecting her son. “Elon Musk grew up in elite white communities in South Africa, detached from apartheid’s atrocities and surrounded by anti-Black propaganda,” according to reports.
“Since the Tesla, Space X, and Starlink CEO decided to purchase Twitter, there have been reports everywhere about how he was raised in South Africa during apartheid, as if he was the one who invented it.”
He sees his Twitter takeover as a victory for free expression, but he never experienced the impacts of disinformation in his adolescence,” The New York Times tweeted with a link to a piece. Because that is what The Times has become, the piece was about Musk and his “white privilege.”
“After criticizing Twitter for eliminating content and banning users, Mr. Musk has hailed his purchase of the network as a win for free expression.” It’s unclear what influence his childhood played in that choice, given that he grew up in a time and location when there was no free interchange of ideas and where government propaganda was used to malign Black South Africans, according to The Times.
“He was regarded as a loner with no close acquaintances by classmates at two high schools that he attended. None of them remembered things he said or did that betrayed his political views at the time. “However, Black classmates remember his spending time with Black pals,” it said.
“ Mr. Musk’s father, Errol Musk, told The New York Times in an interview that Elon, his brother, and sister were aware from a young age that the apartheid system was flawed. They would question Errol, who was elected to the Pretoria City Council in 1972, about the regulations forbidding Black people from going to restaurants, movie theaters, and beaches.
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When they went out with nonwhite pals, they had to calculate what they could safely do, he added,” according to The New York Times. However, reading the account reveals that Musk was not a racist, and that this is what enraged his mother.
“If you publicly opposed apartheid in South Africa, you were sentenced to prison.” If you publicly oppose the war in Russia, you will be imprisoned. @nytimes Are you going to blame children for government decisions? She declared, “#StopTheWar.” This isn’t the first time she’s made headlines recently. Musk attended the Met Gala with his mother, Maye Musk, on Monday night.
Maye Musk jokingly stopped her kid during a red carpet interview with Entertainment Tonight, saying “he doesn’t listen.” “Sir,” the ET presenter started, “I’d say you’re the man who’s being much talked about around town, across the world, and maybe on Twitter, I don’t know, social media’s really going crazy over you right now.” Musk said, “I suppose that’s — sure, that’s probably accurate.”
“Well, a lot of people — there are some critics out there who would say, why not?” said the presenter. “Critics? What?” Musk joked about it. “You?” the host inquired. “Zero, zero, zero.” Musk continued the joke, “Thank god, phew.” “For a little while, I was concerned.”
The ET presenter questioned Musk about those who criticized his decision to acquire Twitter rather than donate the money to charity. Musk responded, “Well, I do a lot of stuff philanthropically.”
“In reality, my businesses are designed to benefit humanity’s future, with Tesla attempting to expedite the adoption of sustainable transportation and energy.” And SpaceX is bringing broadband to the world’s least connected individuals.” Maye interjected, saying, “The finest space firm in the world!”
“As well as what you’ve done for Ukraine,” the host said. Musk responded, “Yeah.” “Absolutely. As a result, we were able to assist Ukraine with the Starling terminals, providing connection in some of the hardest-hit areas.”
“So, aspirationally, I’m trying to do good for humanity and civilization’s future,” he said. The presenter turned to Maye and questioned, “Where did your son get this mentality?” Maye giggled as she said, “I told him not to take on the globe and the universe, and he didn’t listen.”
The presenter joked, “Clearly, you’re not listening to mum.” Maye admitted that he didn’t listen to his mother. The presenter returned to Musk with one more question: why, with all of his other commitments in his enterprises and personal life, he felt it was vital to attend an event like the Met Gala.