Elon Musk has come under serious fire this week after he shared his opinion on pronouns over Twitter.
Has he finally taken it too far?
via: GettyNow, Tesla and SpaceX founder is no stranger to a little online controversy, with him always making it into the headlines with both his professional ventures and his personal ones.
Who remembers Tesla's Cybertruck disaster?
via: GettyIn one of the most memorable moments in the company's history, Musk claimed that their new state-of-the-art Cybertruck was 100 percent unbreakable.
He was so confident in this belief that, at the unveiling event, Musk ordered Tesla's design chief, Franz von Holshausen, to throw a ball at the Cybertrucks window.
via: GettyWell, we all remember what happened next, don't we?
The rock completely shattered the first window...
via: GettyAnd, when Musk demanded that von Holshausen throw a second rock, the same thing happened again.
"It worked in rehearsals..."
via: GettyAs Musk attempted to laugh off the embarrassing blunder, viewers from all over the world couldn't help but cringe.
Inevitably, the incident led to people mocking Tesla...
And Musk himself received a lot of criticism for the bizarre car design alone.
@tailosivetech @elonmusk Put Tesla glass on the next iPhone— Amber 💕🧡 (@Amber 💕🧡)1574482508.0
Not that Musk seemed to care.
via: GettyIn fact, the Cybertruck sales boomed following the incident so, it's safe to say, the entrepreneur bounced back pretty quickly.
But, putting smashed up Cybertrucks to one side, many aspects of Musk's personal life has wound up in the headlines, too.
In May this year, Musk welcomed a baby boy with his girlfriend, Canadian DJ, Grimes.
@flcnhvy @TeslaGong @PPathole @priscillabanana https://t.co/lm30U60OtO— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1588660456.0
But, of course, this unconventional couple were never going to christen their child with a conventional name...
Shortly after the birth, Musk took to Twitter to announce that his child was named "X Æ A-12 Musk."
@priscillabanana X Æ A-12 Musk— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1588648459.0
People hoped it was a joke...
But, of course, it wasn't.
Teacher: we've a new student in the classroom. X Æ A-12 introducing himself to the classroom: https://t.co/JpekRcxsME— Shan (@Shan)1588689635.0
And, just to add even more flames to fire...gender neutral, despite Musk repeatedly referring to his son as "he."
Evidently, Musk isn't on board with the whole idea of being gender-neutral...
via: GettyAnd, this week, he elaborated further on his stance on the use of pronouns - a controversial move he might not be able to bounce so smoothly back from.
Musk was responding to an article criticizing him for sharing a meme earlier this week deriding people who display their pronouns in online bios...
via: GettyA gesture meant to show support for people whose gender identities are different from those they were given at birth.
However, the Twitter community was not impressed with his snippy reply...
via: GettyAnd, as a result, he was flooded with a wave of criticism, with many pointing out the overtly unconventional name he had given his own child.
@elonmusk @cleantechnica isn't your son named after my wifi password ?— ✮ Lucas ✮ (@✮ Lucas ✮)1608157600.0
@elonmusk @cleantechnica As someone who deals with complex systems as a business do not forget how complex humans a… https://t.co/4KyApFn6UX— Josh Atwell - 75% Productivity (@Josh Atwell - 75% Productivity)1608262919.0
@elonmusk @cleantechnica Your child’s name is an esthetic nightmare— obviously im not a top like cmon guys (@obviously im not a top like cmon guys)1608155952.0
@elonmusk @cleantechnica Bro you named your kid XXYZ12345$$@— Oshry 2020 NG+ (@Oshry 2020 NG+)1608164334.0
@elonmusk @cleantechnica This from the guy that brought us the Cybertruck.— Dr. Louise Allen, Ph.D. (@Dr. Louise Allen, Ph.D.)1608254812.0
@elonmusk @cleantechnica BIG YIKESSSS— lizette (@lizette)1608237053.0
@elonmusk @cleantechnica Considering what your most recent child’s name is, I don’t want to hear you complaining about aesthetic nightmares.— A. Spiva (@A. Spiva)1608155701.0
@elonmusk @cleantechnica guy who named his kid X Æ A-12 can't fathom having basic pronouns we've been using for literally hundreds of years— aunt jigis (@aunt jigis)1608172091.0
@elonmusk @cleantechnica Okay x æ a-12's dad.— Baja Blast Vegeta (@Baja Blast Vegeta)1608232119.0
This is what he Tweeted:
"I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an [sic] esthetic nightmare."
@cleantechnica I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk)1608137988.0
What do you think?
via: GettyHas Musk taken it too far? Or was he merely expressing a valid opinion? For more on the Tesla founder, keep scrolling to hear just how he became the second richest man in the world...