Tesla CEO Elon Musk told off corporate America virtue-signalers Wednesday during the New York Times’ DealBook/Summit with CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin.
Musk praised Tesla’s role in clean energy.
“Tesla’s gotten to where it’s gotten with no advertising at all … sells twice as much in terms of electric vehicles, as the rest of the electric carmakers in the United States combined,” Musk said. “Tesla’s done more to help the environment than all other companies combined. It would be fair to say that therefore as the leader of the company, I’ve done more for the environment than any single human on earth.”
“Don’t advertise,” Musk said. “If someone is gonna try to blackmail me with advertising, blackmail me with money, go fuck yourself. Go fuck yourself. Is that clear? I hope it is.”
Apple, IBM, Lionsgate, Paramount Global, Sony and Warner Bros. Discovery all pulled their advertising from Twitter after Media Matters alleged that the companies’ advertisements were appearing alongside antisemitic content. Musk launched a lawsuit against Media Matters claiming their methodology to obtain the results allegedly showing antisemitic content being peppered with advertisements was flawed and defamatory.
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