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Elon Musk finally apologizes for his ‘pedo’ comment to Thai cave diver

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Three days after calling Vernon Unsworth a “pedo” Elon Musk has issued an apology to the British diver that participated in the rescue of the trapped Thai soccer team.  

“My words were spoken in anger,” Musk tweeted on Wednesday. “I apologize to Mr. Unsworth and to the companies I represent as leader. The fault is mine and mine alone.” 

Musk’s ‘pedo’ comments were made after Unsworth did an interview with CNN on Sunday, in which he called Musk’s submarine a “PR stunt,” and said (Musk) “can stick his submarine where it hurts.”

Musk reacted strongly on Twitter, saying he never saw “this British expat guy who lives in Thailand,” and called him a “pedo guy,” in a subsequent tweet. When it was pointed out (by another Twitter user) that insulting the British diver was out of place, Musk doubled down on his insult, tweeting “Bet ya a signed dollar it’s true.” Both tweets were later deleted. 

The subsequent apology from Musk comes after Unsworth said he would consider taking legal action and after a group of Tesla investors demanded that Musk say sorry.  

“My words were spoken in anger after Mr. Unsworth said several untruths & suggested I engage in a sexual act with the mini-sub, which had been built as an act of kindness & according to specifications from the dive team leader,” Musk tweeted. 

While the apology itself contains a fair dose of criticism of Unsworth, it also refers to a Quora article on the subject that’s quite soft on Musk and critical of Unsworth. 

Unsworth was one of the experts involved in rescuing 12 teenage boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand. The operation lasted for two and a half weeks and was ultimately successful, with the only casualty being diver and former Thai Navy Seal Saman Kunan. 

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Elon Musk is donating a lot more money to the GOP than he is to the Dems

Someone send a submarine to rescue Elon Musk’s reputation.

It turns out the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has donated seven times as much to money to Republicans than Democrats since the beginning of 2017, according to Federal Election Commission data reviewed by HuffPost

Overall, Musk gave $88,900 to Republicans and $13,300 to Democrats, including more than $50,000 to a fundraising committee run by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican who doesn’t exactly hold the most enlightened views on climate change. 

That’s pretty strange company for Musk to keep, considering how deeply he purports to care about our climate. 

What’s Musk’s reason for donating so much money to the GOP? Days ago, the CEO attempted to defend himself against reports he gave nearly $40,000 to Protect the House, a political action committee that’s trying to maintain Republican control of the House, by explaining that the recipients of his donations would be “willing to listen” to him.

Yes, without those donations, Republican lawmakers would see Elon Musk’s name come up on their phones, roll their eyes, and ignore the call of a man worth around $20 billion. 

But now Musk has access. He can call up Republicans and say, “Hey, maybe don’t separate small children from their families?” Apparently, that’s a better way to spend your money than, you know, helping the campaigns of Democrats who might replace them. 

If the Democrats lose the midterm elections, it would be an absolute disaster for pretty much everyone except men like Elon Musk. The GOP has shown no desire to actually stop Trump’s train of incompetence and corruption, because, well, tax cuts and regulatory rollbacks. And if it keeps going at its current pace, no amount of humanitarian spending can undo the damage the party can unleash with another four years in power. 

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Elon Musk, in the grand tradition of wealthy men who love their money but don’t want to feel bad about it, classifies himself as an “independent.”

Figures.

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British rescuer threatens legal action against Elon Musk following ‘pedo guy’ tweet

Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk could face legal action from a British diver who he publicly called 'pedo guy.'
Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk could face legal action from a British diver who he publicly called ‘pedo guy.’

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If you’re the billionaire founder of several publicly traded companies, here’s an easy PR strategy: Never tweet. It’s not worth it.

Elon Musk may soon learn this lesson the hard way now that a British diver who helped rescue 12 Thai boys from the treacherous depths of a cave threatened Musk with a lawsuit on Monday. 

The threat comes only one day after Musk went on a Twitter rant, culminating in the Tesla and SpaceX CEO accusing the British rescuer of being a pedophile in a now-deleted tweet.

The rift between the British diver — Vern Unsworth — and Musk started heating up last week after the rescuer said in a television interview that he believed Musk’s interest in the cave rescue mission was a “PR stunt.”

Unsworth added that Musk’s mini-submarine strategy “had absolutely no chance of working” despite the billionaire’s claims on Twitter.

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In a Twitter rant on Sunday, Musk attacked Unsworth, referring to the rescuer as a “pedo,” a slang term used to describe pedophiles.

In the now-deleted tweet, Musk also requested video of the cave rescue, then promised proof that his rescue mission strategy with the miniature submarine would have actually worked: 

Never saw this British expat guy who lives in Thailand (sus) at any point when we were in the caves. Only people in sight were the Thai navy/army guys, who were great. Thai navy seals escorted us in — total opposite of wanting us to leave.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 15, 2018

You know what, don’t bother showing the video. We will make one of the mini-sub/pod going all the way to Cave 5 no problemo. Sorry pedo guy, you really did ask for it.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 15, 2018 

Only a few hours after his series of unhinged tweets, Musk deleted them. But that hasn’t been enough to satisfy Unsworth, who had reportedly been working around the clock in Thailand to save the 12 Thai kids and took offense to Musk’s self-appointed involvement.

“It’s not finished,” Unsworth said on Monday in a new interview with 7 News Sydney. When asked if he would consider taking legal action against Elon Musk, Unsworth answered, “Yes.”

The BBC reports Unsworth played a key role in the rescue effort, contrary to Elon Musk’s claims, and that Unsworth was one of the first people to travel into the caves in the first days after the boys went missing. The British diver reportedly helped recruit top international cave rescue experts for the mission as well.

Musk, who has recently made a habit of arguing with critics on Twitter, has been fiercely defending his involvement in the rescue mission. 

Last week, before the boys were successfully retrieved, Thai official Narongsak Osotthanakorn, who was in charge of the rescue mission’s command center, said that Musk’s miniature submarine was “not practical with our mission” though he thought the submarine was “technologically sophisticated.”

Musk responded by saying Mr. Osotthanakorn was “not the subject matter expert.” Major news outlets have reported otherwise.

As for how the feud between the British rescuer and Musk ends, it remains to be seen. Unsworth told AFP news that he will make a decision about whether to take legal action against Musk after flying back to the UK this week. Tesla shares fell in the wake of the controversy.

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Ugh, Elon Musk attacks British diver who called his submarine ‘just a PR stunt’

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After Vern Unsworth, a British diver who helped rescue the trapped Thai soccer team, called Elon Musk’s attempt at a submarine rescue “just a PR stunt” that had ‘absolutely no chance of working,” Musk has chosen to be angry online. 

Surprise!

In a series of tweets Sunday morning, Musk referred to Unsworth as a “pedo,” requested video of the cave rescue, retracted that request, then promised proof that his submarine could have, in fact, performed the rescue.

It’s a lot.

The tweetstorm was in response to a tweet from professor and New York Times writer Zeynep Tufekci, who wrote an op-ed arguing that Musk could learn a lesson about Silicon Valley hubris from the incident. (Her thread on celebrity intervention in rescue efforts is a great read.)

Never has a man so desperately needed to log off.

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Elon Musk’s kid-submarine was ‘a PR stunt,’ Thailand cave rescue diver says

Elon Musk's attempt to play hero did not impress the actual heroes.
Elon Musk’s attempt to play hero did not impress the actual heroes.

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One of the British divers who helped rescue the Thai soccer team just confirmed what many suspected about Elon Musk’s somewhat bizarre attempt at helping: It was never going to work.

In an interview with CNN, British diver Vern Unsworth called Musk’s submarine “just a PR stunt” that “had absolutely no chance of working.”

Unsworth, who according to CNN played a “pivotal” role in the rescue, appeared exasperated when asked about Musk.

“He can stick his submarine where it hurts,” he said. “It just had absolutely no chance of working. He had no conception of what the cave passage was like. “

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO caused a stir on social media last week, when he essentially live-tweeted his plans to aid with the massive rescue effort. That plan culminated with a kid-sized submarine, which Musk himself delivered to officials in Thailand. 

Musk being Musk, the billionaire didn’t react well when media outlets began reporting one rescue official’s remarks, who described the submarine as “not practical.” He unleashed one of his famed Twitter rants, saying, “based on extensive cave video review & discussion with several divers who know journey, SpaceX engineering is absolutely certain that mini-sub can do entire journey & demonstrate at any time.”

Unsworth, a local cave expert who was one of the first on the scene, shot that notion down. He said the Musk-designed metal tube was far too big and inflexible to make it around the narrow passages of the cave. “It wouldn’t have made the first 50 meters into the cave,” he said.

When the interviewer pointed out that Musk did actually make it into the cave at one point, Unsworth simply shrugged and replied that the Tesla CEO “was asked to leave very quickly.”

Ouch. 

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