Elon Musk is TIME’s Person of the Year. The tech billionaire and CEO of SpaceX, currently the world’s richest person and more than often, and a meme sharer on Twitter needs no introduction.
A viral internet personality for his peculiar, funny (or weird) and cheeky tweets every now and then, Musk is a topic of discussion for many Twitter lovers. From sharing his love for cryptocurrency to information on Mars, Musk’s tweets are buzzing all over the internet, and always.
While TIMES announced him to ‘the’ person, let’s have a look at some of Musk’s tweets that had sent social media in a tizzy in 2021.
To begin with:
1. Mars coloniser
Hey babe ðÂÂÂÂÂÂ— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 26, 2021
Would you agree that Musk is a Mars coloniser? Or maybe a Mars aspirer, whatever one may say. With several space agencies racing to explore the planet, Musk’s tweet in February had Twitterati in stitches. After NASA released the slow rotation of the Red Planet, captured by the Hubble telescope, Musk had a cheeky response: “Hey babe”.
2. Why Kremlin, Musk?
.@KremlinRussia_E would you like join me for a conversation on Clubhouse?— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 13, 2021
With Clubhouse creating quite a buzz early this year, Musk’s love for the audio-video app was quite visible all over. However, one of his tweets had him inviting Kremlin, the office of the Russian Federation, for a chat with him on Clubhouse. Before Twitter could figure out why Musk would tweet to Kremlin, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov responded saying he would think about it.
3. Musk got serious, eh?
Much is made lately of unrealized gains being a means of tax avoidance, so I propose selling 10% of my Tesla stock.
Do you support this?— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 6, 2021
In November Musk had hit headlines for wanting to sell 10 per cent of Tesla’s stock. Why? Well, billionaires across the globe often come under media scrutiny for not utilising their ample wealth for the well-being of society. Prior to the tweet, a report suggested that a fraction of the world’s richest people could solve the global hunger problem suffered by hundreds. Triggered, Musk asked how could $6 billion dollars be a solution to the scarcity of food engulfing countries all around. Following this Musk had tweeted that he proposed to sell some per cent of his stock and would abide by the poll results, irrespective of whichever way it goes.
4. Throwback to childhood
Found this pic of me as a child pic.twitter.com/hUEKluRAdP— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 2, 2021
In June, Musk had tweeted an image from ‘1980’. One might be curious to see young Musk, but hold on. It’s just another #MuskMeme. The image featured Shiba Inu dog sticker, a symbol of cryptocurrency Dogecoin, against computers. And it read, “I have to keep my passion hidden from the public or I will be publicly ostracized.” Musk tweeted the image captioned as “Found this pic of me as a child”.
5. How do you do that?
Avenge the dinosaurs!! https://t.co/knL2pFLGzF— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 25, 2021
When NASA announced the launch of DART, the world’s first mission to test technology for defending Earth against potential asteroid or comet hazards, tweeting, “Asteroids have been hitting the Earth for billions of years. Now, we begin to make it stop”, Musk had a quirky reply, “Avenge the dinosaurs!!”
6. Musk’s promptness!
Checking …— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2021
Musk is active on Twitter and his promptness now has evidence with this tweet: “Checking”. When South Korea’s Tesla owner, Jaehwan Cho, tweeted to Musk about a technical error, the reply was in less than three minutes. Bravo Musk!
7. Musk and IPL
Maxwell was incredible— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 29, 2021
Right at the time, when Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell helped Royal Challengers Bangalore secure an easy win over Rajasthan Royals, Space.com had tweeted out an image revering the contribution of James Clerk Maxwell, a renowned physicist. Musk responded, “Maxwell was incredible”. Soon, netizens hijacked Musk’s tweet wondering whether the Tesla giant is a cricket fan.
8. India’s Got Talent
USA benefits greatly from Indian talent!— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 29, 2021
When Twitter user Patrick Collison cheered the news of Indian-origin Parag Agarwal becoming the CEO of Twitter, and mentioned other Indians leading US-based tech giants, Musk’s quirky response, “USA benefits greatly from Indian talent!” won all the Indian hearts. Honestly, it is true (shh!).
9. Strange and rich
How strange— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
When the official account of Tesla had tweeted in January that Elon Musk is the world’s richest person, Musk had the ‘strangest’ reply, “How strange”!
10. Tad-bit insensitive
I keep forgetting that you’re still alive— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 14, 2021
Not all of Musk’s tweets were deemed funny and cheeky. When US Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted, “We must demand that the extremely wealthy pay their fair share. Period,” Musk’s response drew a lot of flak from netizens.“I keep forgetting that you’re still alive,” replied Elon, adding, “Want me to sell more stock, Bernie? Just say the word …”