Twitter owner Elon Musk stirs controversy with a tweet comparing George Soros to comic-book villain Magneto. Dive into this trivia-filled account of the Musk Vs. Soros clash and its impact on social media.
George Soros, a Holocaust-surviving Jewish-born investor, and philanthropist, is often the target of far-right, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. According to a regulatory filing, Soros Fund Management LLC sold all of its 2.5 million shares of Tesla Inc. in the first quarter of 2023. This prompted Musk to tweet on May 16, 2023: “Soros is a traitor to humanity and a threat to our planet,” comparing him to the X-Men’s civilization-crushing Magneto. Here are the facts.
1. The Billionaires: A Philanthropist and a Tech Mogul
George Soros, a Jewish-born investor, and philanthropist, is no stranger to controversy, often the target of far-right, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. Meanwhile, Elon Musk, tech tycoon and Twitter’s new owner has a reputation for stirring up the Twitterverse with his unconventional views and radical changes to the platform.
2. The Unlikely Marvel Connection
In a plot twist worthy of a Marvel comic, on May 16, 2023, Musk dropped a tweet comparing Soros to Magneto, the metal-manipulating mutant. For those living under a rock (or who are just DC fans), Magneto is a Marvel villain. He is a Jewish Holocaust survivor with a deep grudge against humanity. Coincidence or a deliberate jab? We’ll leave that up to you.
3. A Tesla Sale and a Netflix Buy
Before we dive deeper into this tweetstorm, let’s go back to May 12, 2023. Soros Fund Management decided to part ways with its Tesla stake and cozy up to Netflix instead. It also bought 1.2 million shares of Lucid Motors Inc., a competitor in the electric vehicle market.
4. A Tweet That Shook the Twitterverse
Fast forward to May 16, Elon Musk tweets about Soros, painting him as the civilization-crushing Magneto. He further accuses Soros of hating humanity. Did Musk’s tweet have a touch of sour grapes? Or was it just another day in the life of one of tech’s most unpredictable personalities?
5. Civil Rights Organizations React
Several civil rights organizations didn’t see the humor in Musk’s tweet, though. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), for instance, condemned Musk’s tweets, calling them “dangerous” and warning they could “embolden extremists.” Musk’s representation of Soros as a supervillain was seen as fueling anti-Semitism, and not everyone was buying his “just stating my opinion” defense.
6. Musk Stands His Ground
Musk has stood by his tweet despite the backlash, maintaining that his comment was not anti-Semitic but simply an opinion about a “controversial figure.” He has asserted that he’s “not afraid to speak my mind” and will “continue to do so.”
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We cross-checked our Musk vs. Soros facts with the world’s leading news outlets.
- The Washington Post: Elon Musk compares George Soros to Jewish supervillain Magneto
- CNBC: Elon Musk’s interview with David Faber
- Reuters: Soros Fund Management cut Tesla stake, added Netflix in 1st quarter
- The Atlantic: Elon Musk’s Anti-Semitism Was Inevitable
- TheStreet: Elon Musk Fights Billionaire George Soros
- Deadline: Elon Musk Defends George Soros Tweets & Other Conspiracy Theory Posts