December 5, 2019
Calling this guy a pedophile was a really nasty thing to do. He not only insulted this one guy, but insulted all Southeast Asian ex-pats, and Southeast Asia itself. The idea that sex tourists go to Thailand to have sex with children is a feminist blood libel against men. There is no evidence for the claim. In fact, all evidence shows that there is less pedophilia in Asia than in the West.
Elon Musk should be punished for this.
Musk should actually be punished for a lot of things.
A British diver who helped rescue a dozen boys trapped in a cave in Thailand fought back tears as he told a court Elon Musk’s “pedo guy” slur amounted to “a life sentence with no parole”.
Vernon Unsworth choked up on Wednesday as he testified against the Tesla CEO during a defamation trial in Los Angeles.
The 63-year-old, from St Albans, told the hearing he had no choice but to sue the billionaire who used the slur on Twitter, or else it would seem the allegation were true.
“I was effectively given a life sentence with no parole,” Mr Unsworth said. “It feels very raw. I feel humiliated, ashamed, dirtied.”
He is seeking unspecified damages for pain, suffering and emotional distress from Mr Musk, who testified that his stock in Tesla and SpaceX is worth around $20bn (£15bn).
Mr Musk fired off the insult during a public spat over his offer to assist in the rescue of the trapped schoolboys in June 2018, using a purpose-built submarine he commissioned his engineers at SpaceX and The Boring Co to develop.
The British diver dismissed the tech entrepreneur’s offer as a “PR stunt”, telling CNN: “He can stick his submarine where it hurts.”
Rescuers – including Mr Unsworth – then led the young football team to safety without using the six-foot vessel, which Mr Unsworth later said “had absolutely no chance of working”.
While the diver would go on to receive honours from the king of Thailand and the Queen, one of Mr Unsworth’s legal team said Mr Musk had falsely branded his client a predator to millions of people “in what should have been one of the proudest moments of his life”.
The Tesla co-founder admitted to the court on Wednesday that his response was “not classy”, but claimed the insult had not been intended literally, and that in his native South Africa “pedo guy” was a commonly used phrase to describe a “creepy old man”.
“I assume he did not mean to physically sodomise me with a submarine … just as I didn’t literally mean he was a paedophile,” he said.
I don’t know anything about slang in South Africa, but I do know that the internet went on a mission to find out if this guy was a pedophile after Elon claimed he had secret information proving he was a pedophile.
In actual fact, he’s just a typical boomer living in Thailand with an ugly old single mother Thai wife.
Probably, those boys were going to die if this guy didn’t rescue them. And I think he was right to be insulted when Elon sent that stupid “mini submarine” to the scene, as he was indeed using the fact that a bunch of kids were trapped in a cave as a publicity opportunity.
Elon Musk is a weird person, he does weird things regularly, and he should not be rich or famous. All of his operations are based on grifting taxpayer money. And his original fortune came from being an early investor in PayPal. He has never accomplished anything in his life, other than smoking weed on Joe Rogan, which was funny.
And he accomplished getting some really nice looking hair transplants.
I’d love to know the story of that.
I guess it’s just the sort of thing you can do with billions of dollars.
He’s never spoken publicly about it.