New Republic slaps 'Scoundrel of the Year’ title on X owner Elon Musk, calls him ‘evil’, 'deeply hateful'
The New Republic has announced ‘The Scoundrel of the Year’ award and they’ve given it to none other than X owner Elon Musk.
In a shocking development, the American magazine, the New Republic has crowned X owner Elon Musk as ‘The Scoundrel of the Year'. In a long article liberally seeded with choice name-calling, the magazine charted out the actions and decisions made by the billionaire in 2023 that got his this dubious award. The New Republic said, “He proved this year that he's not just evil but deeply stupid too”. This comes after Musk made the headlines recently for posting anti-semitic comments on X, which led to multiple advertisers boycotting the platform and also using expletives during a live interview.
Awarding Musk the controversial title, the publication highlighted all his decisions made after taking over Twitter as the reason why. The magazine added, “It is hard to think of a billionaire who has done more to damage their own reputation in such a short period of time”.
Elon Musk awarded ‘The Scoundrel of the year' title
In particular, the magazine highlighted Musk's move to invite back Alex Jones and Donald Trump, controversial figures who were banned from the platform for making hateful and inciting posts. The magazine claimed that behind the billionaire's real intentions of calling X “a town square” and spreading the notion of free speech was so that he could voice his own hateful opinions. “He sees Twitter as a weapon, a way to not only push his agenda but to sic his army of loyalist losers on anyone he deems an enemy,” the magazine added.
The magazine also made a call back to his appearance at the New York Times' DeaBook event, where Musk used expletives to describe the advertisers that were boycotting X, and even said that they are the reason that the platform will shut down and people will remember it as their fault.
While the magazine highlighted some of the incidents where Musk was infamously involved, it also made a flurry of personal comments on him, most of which were opinions such as calling him “deeply uncool person's idea of a cool person”, “the most unfunny person alive”, "deeply hateful", and a conspiracy theorist. And finally, the report said, "Elon Musk is evil."
Having said that, all these controversies did not stop Elon Musk from minting money. In fact, Elon Musk was laughing all the way to the bank in 2023 as is clear from this report by Bloomberg, Musk is leading the list of the world's wealthiest who have made the most amount of money in the year 2023. The X owner has become the richest person of the year, reclaiming the title from French luxury tycoon Bernard Arnault.
Bloomberg said, "No one did better than Elon Musk, who recaptured the title of world's richest person from French luxury tycoon Bernard Arnault. The Tesla Inc. chief executive officer netted an additional $95.4 billion through Thursday's close, bolstered by the success of Tesla and SpaceX, after losing $138 billion in 2022. His net worth is now more than $50 billion above Arnault's."