Tesla Founder Elon Musk says “woke-mind virus” is destroying civilization.
In an interview with the popular conservative satire website Babylon Bee, Musk told the site’s CEO Seth Dillon, Editor-in-Chief Kyle Mann, and Creative Director Ethan Nicolle, that comedy is being shut down by this “woke mind virus.”
The ‘Woke Mind Virus’
Musk first used the term “woke mind virus” last week, in a somewhat cryptic tweet. The tweet got some attention due to its political implications. (The term “woke” usually refers to the politically correct left.)
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 19, 2021
Dillion asked Musk to explain the tweet to the viewers. Musk said that “traceroute” is a programming command that shows a path to a certain file and so, what he was asking (in programming language) was where did the “woke mind virus” come from.
“Read the comments and see. It is prevalent, the mind virus, and arguably one of the biggest threats to modern civilization,” he told Dillon.
He also explained how woke mentality is destroying comedy.
Wokeness Destroying Comedy
“Wokeness basically wants to make comedy illegal -which is not cool,” he said. “I mean Chappelle, what the f*”,” he asked.
Musk was referencing the leftist backlash against comedian Dave Chappelle. The famous comedian was guilty of making some supposedly “transphobic remarks” during its Netflix show “The Closer.”
The “woke mind virus” ultimately leads to hate, Musk explained.
“Do we want a humorless society, that is simply rife with condemnation and hate? At its heart, wokeness is divisive, exclusionary, and hateful. It basically gives mean people a shield to be mean and cruel, armored in false virtue” he explained.
Twitter Fight With Senator Warren
Musk also touched on his fight with progressive Senator Elisabeth Warren. He said she “struck first,” accusing him of being a freeloader who doesn’t pay his taxes.
He reiterated the point that he will pay more taxes in 2021 than any American in history. Musk’s tax bill will likely be at about $11 billion this year, due to his sale of Tesla stock.
“If you could die by irony she would be dead,” Musk joked.
He also explained how his wealth is all tied to Tesla and SpaceX. The success of these two companies is his own – companies, he said, which do a lot of good.
He also said that he did not sell any “meaningful” number of shares before this year. He didn’t want to sell his shares because he believed that a captain should go down with his ship. If his companies go down, he goes down, Musk said.
Musk Likes Babylon Bee Better Than The Onion
Musk also explained how he got interested in Babylon Bee in the first place. “I thought some of the articles were quite funny,” Musk said.
“I used to be a much bigger fan of ‘The Onion'” he added. The Onion is a famous satire site, whose articles are often confused for actual news.
“But then The Onion just seems to have gotten really politically correct,” Musk said. “basically it will not really make fun of anything on the left,” he added.
“Then, they just got the woke mind virus,” he added. He said, in his view, the Babylon Bee is much more balanced in terms of its politics.
Musk also explained that he thinks comedy should be about revealing an essential truth – that is also humorous. It should definitely not try and push the audience in a certain direction politically.
‘Why are you guys still in California?’
The interview also touched on California, Musk’s former state of residence.
Minutes into the interview, Musk asked his interviewers why they are still in California. While acknowledging that he likes certain things about the state, the issues were getting worse.
Musk explained that the state made his work increasingly difficult – due to its high taxes, regulation and litigation risks which is ultimately why he chose to move to Texas. Tesla followed soon thereafter, moving its headquarters to Austin.
Recent debate shows that more Americans are relocating from to conservative states from liberal ones, similar to Elon Musk.