As Twitchy reported Tuesday, the last of the boys trapped in a cave in Thailand for two weeks was finally rescued by divers. American entrepreneur Elon Musk had whipped together a “tiny, kid-size submarine” made from the liquid oxygen transfer tube of the Falcon rocket but it was never deployed in the rescue.
We bring all this up because Musk made an interesting point about the media and the word billionaire in the context of the rescue attempt.
I wonder how often Elon would rather be a physics engineer, or lead technical designer instead of having to carry the label of billionaire. Regardless of whether or not the capsule ended up being feasible, the man sprung into action to help people he’s never met. #ThaiCaveResue
— Blake A Kistler (@blakeakistler) July 10, 2018
Ironically, the “billionaire” label, when used by media, is almost always meant to devalue & denigrate the subject. I wasn’t called that until my companies got to a certain size, but reality is that I still do the same science & engineering as before. Just the scale has changed.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 10, 2018
He’s got a point, although you never really hear about billionaire Tom Steyer as much as you do Democratic fundraiser Tom Steyer, do you?
We’re not sure who London-based comedian Avery Edison is, but she does have a coveted blue check and she seems to have been triggered by Musk’s statement.
We’re not ashamed to admit we’re disturbed that a tweet denouncing capitalism as a cancer on society managed to garner nearly 14,000 likes — um, where do you think those iPhones you used to “like” the tweet came from?
Again, we’re not familiar with Edison’s comedy, so we can’t compare its worth to building a mini-sub or founding SpaceX or Tesla or PayPal. But if this tweet is an example, it’s not very good.
"Now support my Patreon" https://t.co/8yhchUaCmY
— Currently between fraudulent suspensions (@jtLOL) July 11, 2018
"Capitalism is cancer on society", Avery tweeted from an account with their bio asking for people to support their Patreon/buy their nudes. https://t.co/e4QcPcIt7W
— Brian Nichols (@BNicholsLiberty) July 11, 2018
Least surprising part of this is this person has a link begging for money in their bio. Of course you hate capitalism, capitalism requires you to actually offer a good or service people want in order to earn a living. #Caring https://t.co/Kay1a1XOMt
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) July 11, 2018
Well when you panhandle and porn yourself out because you’re too lazy work you get jealous. pic.twitter.com/mp9AAxG8bS
— Jules (@Smilegreatday) July 11, 2018
Yeah, being rewarded for inventing things people want, changing the world, and for working hard is a terrible thing.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 11, 2018
Sorry someone earns more than you do for jokes. https://t.co/ijpbs9rqZi
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) July 11, 2018
Yeah somehow whenever I see someone railing against capitalism it's always the people I 100% don't believe would share their wealth if they were a billionaire… https://t.co/Z4vda4Rw7n
— masterninja (@masterninja) July 11, 2018
Now do George Soros. https://t.co/upoW7KNlSk
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) July 11, 2018
Time to give up your house, car, phone, and open your bank account, Avery. I don’t see how you can live with yourself when there are those that are less fortunate.
Oh wait, she gets to draw the arbitrary line to decide who can have “wealth” and what it constitutes. https://t.co/VHwEuG209w
— Tyler Rice (@TyKRice) July 11, 2018
Capitalism is the single greatest thing to ever happen to civilization, even with the abusers of the system. And when losers eventually convince us otherwise, we will regret it. https://t.co/B9LhEnWaew
— Nick Palmisciano (@Ranger_Up) July 11, 2018
Thank you ma’am but if you’re not going to buy anything I’m going to have to ask you to leave the Hot Topic https://t.co/godGxYCUqu
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 11, 2018
Bret Stephens unloads on Elon Musk's 'Soviet-like' idea for a site rating journalists https://t.co/JM04J1y8fa
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) May 26, 2018