Elon Musk is named Time's person of the year, but not everyone is pleased

midian182

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A hot potato: Elon Musk: world’s richest man, self-proclaimed edgelord, space adventurer, and now Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2021. The Tesla/SpaceX boss has been given the accolade “for creating solutions to an existential crisis, for embodying the possibilities and the perils of the age of tech titans, for driving society's most daring and disruptive transformations,” apparently. But not everyone is happy with the choice.

Time acknowledges that whatever your opinion of Musk, he certainly makes headlines, be it for his influence on the price of crypto, tweeting views on controversial subjects, or the several companies he oversees.

But some people are far from happy to see Musk take the award. His view on taxing the rich certainly hasn’t won him many fans. A June report showed how the CEO and other members of the super-rich use legal methods to avoid or pay very little in federal tax. He also replied to Bernie Sanders’ tweet about the extremely wealthy paying their fair share with “I keep forgetting that you’re still alive.”

Senator Elizabeth Warren responded to Time’s choice with “Let’s change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes and stop freeloading off everyone else.” While author Kurt Eichenwald highlighted Musk suggesting Covid-19 isn’t as severe as many believe and his railing against the lockdowns.

Musk has often been accused of manipulating the price of various cryptocurrencies with his actions and tweets. Bitcoin’s price crashed after he said Tesla would stop accepting it but rallied after Musk confirmed the company would “likely” start allowing customers to pay with it again.

Time magazine does state that its person of the year is awarded to those who “influenced the news, for better or for worse.” It named singer-songwriter and actress Olivia Rodrigo its Entertainer of the Year, gymnast Simone Biles Athlete of the Year, and vaccine scientists were Heroes of the Year.

Musk replied to the magazine’s announcement tweet with a “Thank You!”

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winjer

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Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ has also included Trump, Obama, Putin, Gorbachev, Stalin, and Hitler.

Let’s not try and get our panties in a bunch from media-chosen, subjective, arbitrarily chosen names. This stupid magazine means nothing.

This is true, but only partly. Personalities are not always chosen for positive reasons, in fact, several times, they were chosen to call attention to the negative side.
For example, Hitler was chosen as personality of the year to denounce him and the Nazi ideology. From their article in 1938, describing Hitler:

“greatest threatening force that the democratic, freedom-loving world faces today.”
 

havok585

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This comment deserves an AWARD.
No it does not.

This is true, but only partly. Personalities are not always chosen for positive reasons, in fact, several times, they were chosen to call attention to the negative side.
For example, Hitler was chosen as personality of the year to denounce him and the Nazi ideology. From their article in 1938, describing Hitler:

“greatest threatening force that the democratic, freedom-loving world faces today.”

At least someone knows how to read and comprehend.
 

Hexic

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No it does not.



At least someone knows how to read and comprehend.
Speaking of reading & comprehension - my post still applies. You simply assumed it was pointing towards all ‘Person of the Year’ individuals are exemplified as good.

Inversely, my post stated that the list in and of itself is subjective and no reason for feeling anything towards it.

Nice try though.
 

wiyosaya

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This is true, but only partly. Personalities are not always chosen for positive reasons, in fact, several times, they were chosen to call attention to the negative side.
For example, Hitler was chosen as personality of the year to denounce him and the Nazi ideology. From their article in 1938, describing Hitler:

“greatest threatening force that the democratic, freedom-loving world faces today.”
From Musk's response to Time, its obvious that he has no clue that Time has chosen people in the past to highlight their negative side.
From this article - https://www.ibtimes.com/elon-musk-named-times-person-year-clown-genius-edgelord-visionary-3356736
Time calls him a “clown, genius, edgelord, visionary, industrialist, showman, cad; a madcap hybrid of Thomas Edison, P.T. Barnum, Andrew Carnegie and 'Watchmen’s' Doctor Manhattan.”
It's obvious, to me, at least, that Musky is continuing his usual Jack A$$ ways and has no clue that being named "Person of the Year" could also be a dig against that same person.
 

wiyosaya

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The cult of personality being built up for this over hyped, pot smoking dipstick by the fawning media classes, is a nauseating spectacle.

..It will be funny to watch him being torn apart, by the same people, on his way down.
I agree. His EV reign is coming to an end, whether he likes it or not. The company that was truly a leader in EV's long before Musky falsely claimed, or was falsely given, the title, finally got of the toilet and announced a big push into EVs https://www.bloomberg.com/news/arti...lerates-electric-vehicle-shift-with-30-models
Which, according to the article, will give Tesla some serious competition.

Also, IMO, he is no "green" person. Anyone who wants to run off to Mars because the Earth is doomed is just a chicken sh!t - and will likely take all the problems of humanity with them.
 

BadThad

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Time became a woke rag when they hired all leftists. Now they spend each issue promoting wokeness, climate garbage and promoting misguided, dumbocrat ideas.
 

BadThad

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Senator Elizabeth Warren responded to Time’s choice with “Let’s change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes and stop freeloading off everyone else.”

What a crock of lies Pocahontas spews. How about you simply change the tax code instead of complaining? Everything "the rich" does is within the law. The top 1% pays 40% OF THE TAX BURDEN. If you want to make the tax code FAIR, then make the BOTTOM (who pays NOTHING) pay taxes? She just can't stop LYING to America! POS!
 

wiyosaya

Posts: 7,503   +6,320
Senator Elizabeth Warren responded to Time’s choice with “Let’s change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes and stop freeloading off everyone else.”

What a crock of lies Pocahontas spews. How about you simply change the tax code instead of complaining? Everything "the rich" does is within the law. The top 1% pays 40% OF THE TAX BURDEN. If you want to make the tax code FAIR, then make the BOTTOM (who pays NOTHING) pay taxes? She just can't stop LYING to America! POS!
And each side spins that figure to their own advantage thus also being lying POSs! There appears to be no agreement on the figure - surprising to say the least. 🤣