July 24, 2024

Archie Wertheim

Technology Integration and Foundations for Effective Leadership

Elon Musk Gets the John Oliver Treatment

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Elon Musk Gets the John Oliver Treatment

Screenshot of John Oliver's Last Week Tonight episode on Elon Musk

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It’s been a long year. The Titan submersible getting crushed? That was only six months ago even though it feels like it had to have been at least two years ago considering all that has happened since then. Elon Musk, especially, has been in the news constantly and rarely for anything positive. Yes, he finally managed to deliver 10 Cybertrucks, which is great news for Joe Rogan fans, and he cut prices on most of Tesla’s lineup, but he also made it abundantly clear over the last year that even if you like Teslas, you shouldn’t be giving him your money.

In fact, Musk has been in the news so frequently that it can be incredibly hard to keep up, especially when it comes to all the racist, anti-Semitic, transphobic and generally bigoted views he’s been pushing on Twitter, a site that Vox reports is now worth less than half of what Musk paid for it back in 2022. And for some reason, telling advertisers to go fuck themselves after they decided they didn’t want their ads to appear next to bigoted posts didn’t fix the problem. His behavior on Twitter is more than enough of a reason to want nothing to do with Musk, but as John Oliver explained on the most recent episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, the problems with Musk go a lot deeper than that.

Yes, Oliver dedicated more than 30 minutes of that episode to exactly how much Musk sucks and how dangerous it is to let a man who sucks that much have so much power and influence. Unfortunately, since it’s Musk we’re talking about, 30 minutes isn’t even close to enough time to cover every single reason Musk sucks. Unless we missed it, some important things like the widely reported racism in Tesla’s factories and Musk’s longstanding hatred of unions didn’t make it in. Trust us, though, the episode still covers enough to make it worth 30 minutes of your time (or 15 minutes if you speed it up).

Elon Musk: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

This article originally appeared on Jalopnik. 

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