Elon Musk Blasts Advertisers Threatening To ‘Blackmail’ Him By Pulling Ads: ‘Go. F***. Yourself.’
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 29: Elon Musk speaks onstage during The New York Times Dealbook Summit 2023 at Jazz at Lincoln Center on November 29, 2023 in New York City.
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X owner Elon Musk ripped companies this week that are boycotting advertising on his social media platform after a recent post of his generated controversy.

Musk was accused of supporting anti-Semitism with a poorly worded tweet that he posted several days ago, which he later clarified when he expanded upon his remark. He was subsequently defended by multiple high profile Jewish figures who said that they did not believe that he was anti-Semitic.

The post led to the political Left pressuring multiple companies into boycotting advertisements on X, including Disney, Paramount, NBCUniversal, Comcast, Lionsgate, and Warner Bros. Discovery.

Musk was asked about the boycott during an interview Wednesday on stage at The New York Times Dealbook Summit 2023 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

“I hope they stop,” Musk said about the companies who were boycotting. “Don’t advertise.”

“You don’t want them to advertise?” the host asked.

“No,” Musk said. “If somebody’s gonna try to blackmail me with advertising, blackmail me with money, go f*** yourself. Go. F***. Yourself. Is that clear? I hope it is. Hey, Bob, I’m sure you’re in the audience.”

When asked about X’s business model and what he should do about the company depending on advertising from companies, Musk responded: “G.F.Y.”

“What this advertising boycott is going to do is it’s going to kill the company,” he said. “And the whole world will know that those advertisers killed the company and we will document it in great detail.”

When the host said that advertisers will blame Musk, Musk responded: “Oh, yeah? Tell it to earth.”

“But they’re going to say, ‘Elon, you killed the company because you said these things, and that they were inappropriate things. And they didn’t feel comfortable on the platform.'”

“And let’s see how Earth responds to that,” Musk responded.



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