Tesla CEO Elon Musk has come under fire for his recent statements about the use of pronouns. He describes it on Twitter as an “aesthetic nightmare”. Soon people came with their reactions and they all had to do with his son X → A-12.
Many people today are calling for your pronouns to be made clear on social media. This avoids the risk of people addressing you with the wrong pronouns. It is often impossible to deduce from your profile how you want to be addressed or if you do identify gender. But Elon Musk isn’t a fan of this one pronouns.
Earlier this year, Elon Musk tweeted about what he thinks about pronouns. He then kept it short and clear: “Pronouns suck“. His girlfriend Grimes clearly disagreed. She immediately responded to the tweet with: “I love you, but please turn off your mobile or give me a phone call. I cannot support hate. Stop doing this. I know this does not come from your heart ”. After that, Musk seemed to have learned his lesson, but a few days ago he again shared his remarkable opinion about pronouns.
This time, he used a meme to bolster his opinion. He shared the message: “When you he / him in your bio ”along with a meme. That meme featured a British settler smearing blood on his face while wearing a hat with the message, “I love to oppress people.”
Especially with transgender people this meme was seen as transphobic, because it pulls the reality of trans men into ridiculous.
In the wake of the fuss surrounding the meme, Elon Musk responded to an article. He also explained his position in more detail. “I fully support transgender people, but all these pronouns are an aesthetic nightmare.” Again, transgender people and their sympathizers could not laugh about this.
That’s why it rained quoted retweets of Elon Musk’s tweet who all joked about the same subject: the name of Elon Musk’s son. Musk and Grimes named their first son X Æ A-12 earlier this year. A name that is also seen as an “aesthetic nightmare” for some.