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Elon Musk On Wokeism

Elon Musk Wokeism

The billionaire’s comments on woke culture doesn’t sit well with most Liberals, but that doesn’t seem to affect his stance. .

Musk’s attacks on woke culture usually targets the media’s glaring support for wokeism. He also typically is in defense of anyone under fire for their anti-woke rhetoric.

 “At its heart, wokeness is divisive, exclusionary and hateful. It basically gives mean people a shield to be cruel, armored in false virtue.”

–      Elon Musk

So many comments from Elon Musk on wokeness have gone viral, especially after COVID. Some of his most popular views on wokeism are analyzed in this post.  Common reactions from sociopolitical commentators about Musk’s stance on wokeism are also spelled out later on in the article.

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“Woke Mind Virus”

Musk is credited with making “woke mind virus” popular to describe Left-wing views on different sociopolitical subjects.

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Elon Musk was openly critical of Netflix’s decision to shut down Dave Chappelle’s comedy special. Chappelle’s comedy special was under threat of being shut down based on his alleged “transphobic” jokes.

Musk frowned at Netflix’s stance to censor his friend’s (Chappelle) comedy show. His comments in a December 2021 interview with The Babylon Bee read:

“Generally, I think we should be aiming for a positive society and it should be OK to be humorous. Wokeness basically wants to make comedy illegal, which is not cool”

–      Elon Musk

Musk also said in the interview that wokeness might influence how people view humor and could cause divisiveness. He also labelled Netflix’s decision as “crazy”, “humorless”, and “rife with condemnation and hate”.

And in the coming months, Musk got to say lots more about Netflix and their sympathy for woke culture.

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Netflix’s Subscriber Drop and “Wokeness”

Netflix experienced a sudden drop in subscriber numbers from April 2022. Most social media commentators blamed this sharp plummet in subscriptions squarely on Netflix’s “unwatchable, woke content”.

Musk held no quarter in describing Netflix’s loss of over 200,000 subscriptions at the time. He described the event as Netflix’s “woke mind virus … making Netflix unwatchable”.

Musk’s comments described wokeness as a once-just cry against injustice tainted to become politically correct, Leftist beliefs.

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Reactions to Comments from Elon Musk on Wokeism

Musk is a COVID critic, an anti-vaxxer, and one of the most vocal voices against lockdowns and social distancing measures. So it’s not surprising if he gets negative responses from Liberals whenever he talks about wokeness or any other topic.

But the reactions from Conservatives has been somewhat unprecedented since Musk openly condemned wokeism.

Conservative commentators like Brent Bozell and Dinesh D’Souza have been openly supportive of Musk’s jabs at wokeism since at least January 2022.

In recent times, Musk’s attempted takeover of Twitter has positioned him as a voice of free speech among Conservatives. And it’s no surprise that his comments after the takeover bid has become more in tune with Right-wing commentators, politicians, and supporters.

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