“Ukraine-Russia Peace”, mused Musk, 51, on Twitter on Monday, earlier than rattling off a listing of coverage proposals that Russian state media shops fawned over for days, together with handing Crimea to Russia, imposing “neutrality” on Ukraine and a “redo” of Putin’s sham secession referendums in occupied Ukrainian territories. There was a ballot asking whether or not customers agreed together with his ridiculous plans.
The response from Ukrainians was swift and brutal, and seems to have blindsided the hapless billionaire. Even Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president, weighed in together with his personal ballot asking whether or not individuals most well-liked a pro-Ukraine or pro-Russia Musk. A Ukrainian ambassador advised Musk to “f*** off”.
Musk’s ballot and tweets have been overwhelmed by pro-Ukrainian sentiment, inflicting Musk to complain, with out proof, that he had simply skilled the “greatest bot assault I’ve ever seen”. The response, nonetheless, ought to have been fully predictable for him.
Musk has a historical past of ignorantly inserting himself into worldwide occasions that don’t have anything to do with him like a spoilt, jealous little one at another person’s birthday celebration aggrieved that the presents aren’t all for him. Who might neglect the mini-submarine he had made for the Thai soccer staff trapped in a flooded collapse 2018, and the bemused reactions of the rescue groups working to free the boys.
To make issues worse, Musk had constructed up vital goodwill in Ukraine following the choice to supply Starlink, his satellite tv for pc communication service, to Ukrainian floor forces throughout the early months of Russia’s invasion. Aiden Aslin, the not too long ago freed Briton who had been serving with the Ukrainian armed forces, even went so far as immediately thanking Musk final month for Starlink’s help throughout the siege of Azovstal metal plant in Mariupol.
Along with his ballot Musk has not solely torched any goodwill he had constructed up with the Ukrainian individuals, he has as soon as once more proved his incapability to cease doing and saying silly issues that about issues that don’t have anything to do with him on a social media platform he’s seemingly decided to personal. Given his accusation that Twitter customers disagreeing with him meant there had been a “bot assault”, it’s no shock that many individuals should not precisely thrilled on the prospect of him proudly owning the platform.
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