Elon Musk’s Person of the Year Award Backlash

Photo Credit: Time Magazine

Elon Musk, billionaire and founder of Tesla and SpaceX, was announced as Time Magazine’s 2021 Person of the Year, which has taken the internet by storm. Time Magazine commented on the nomination writing, “few individuals have had more influence than Musk on life on Earth, and potentially life off Earth too.” 

Musk received backlash on Twitter after Saturday Night Live announced he would be a guest on the show. Many took to social media to voice their disappointment such Variety writer Jenelle Riley posting, “A host should have some discernible talent other than … being rich? Or at least not be someone who lies about a takeover, spreads misinformation about a pandemic, and is known for abusing employees.” Many are frustrated by Musk’s tweets as he spread misinformation about the coronavirus during the pandemic. While Musk is hated, he is also admired, with people ready to take his tweets at face value. His social media influence is huge, with people buying stocks or Bitcoin by his tweets, changing the market.





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