Elon Musk Says People Shouldn’t ‘Force’ Their Pronouns On Others

Elon Musk has hit back against people who use alternate pronouns besides “she/her” and “he/him,” saying it’s wrong to “force” others to respect your choice of identity. The Tesla CEO and Twitter owner hit up Twitter over the weekend to rant against gender-nonconforming people for seemingly no reason, and to take aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci. Yes, we’re just as confused.

  1. Elon Musk says his pronouns are “Prosecute/Fauci.” He said so himself in a random tweet directed at pretty much no one. It’s clear Musk disagrees with Fauci, the White House’s top doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic who advised the government on tips to stop the spread of the disease. However, why the LGBTQIA+ community had to be dragged into that is anyone’s guess.
  2. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly spoke out against Musk’s thoughtless tweet. “Elon, please don’t mock and promote hate toward already marginalized and at-risk-of-violence members of the #LGBTQ+ community,” Kelly wrote. “They are real people with real feelings. Furthermore, Dr Fauci is a dedicated public servant whose sole motivation was saving lives.”
  3. Of course, Musk can’t see anyone’s point of view but his own. While using “they/them” is a pretty simple change that doesn’t require much effort, Elon Musk simply doesn’t want to respect people’s pronouns. “I strongly disagree. Forcing your pronouns upon others when they didn’t ask, and implicitly ostracizing those who don’t, is neither good nor kind to anyone,” Musk responded to Kelly.
  4. Musk then littered a conspiracy theory about Fauci into the tweet. At the end of his tweet to Kelly, Musk took the opportunity to share an unfounded conspiracy theory. “As for Fauci, he lied to Congress and funded gain-of-function research that killed millions of people. Not awesome imo.” Yikes.

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