- Elon Musk said he thought Greta Thunberg was “cool” in a tweet on Friday.
- The Tesla CEO was responding to a satirical article about Thunberg by The Babylon Bee.
- His comments came after the environmental activist spat on Twitter with influencer Andrew Tate.
Elon Musk has waded into the social media spat between environmental activist Greta Thunberg and controversial influencer and kickboxer Andrew Tate.
the Tesla CEO tweeted Friday that “the brand awareness Greta has achieved in a few years is staggering,” in response to a satirical Babylon Bee article titled “Greta Thunberg’s New Thermostat Makes You Scowl When You Turn On The Heat.”
“I think she’s cool,” Musk added.
His comments follow Thunberg’s response to Tate’s taunts about his car collection earlier this week.
The influencer, who has made misogynistic comments online, asked Thunberg for her email address so he could send a “full list” of her 33 cars “and their respective massive shows.”
She told Tate he could contact her at “[email protected]”.
—Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) December 28, 2022
Thunberg’s tweet got 3.7 million likes, making it one of the most popular of all time.
Tate and his brother Tristan were arrested in Romania on Thursday in connection with allegations of human trafficking and rape, which they deny, BBC News reported. They and two Romanians will be detained for 30 days.
Musk’s comments could be seen as a reaction to a suggestion this week by economist Paul Krugman that Musk’s approach to the political right has put him at odds with Tesla’s customer base of wealthy, environmentally conscious liberals. Musk ‘stocked up MAGA, turning off exactly the people who might buy his cars’, Krugman tweeted.
Meanwhile, Tesla shares have lost nearly two-thirds of their value, or more than $700 billion, this year after the stock peaked in November 2021.
Musk’s focus on “fixing” Twitter since he took control in late October has shaken the confidence of some investors.
Some have begged the CEO to let someone else run Twitter and focus on Tesla, Ross Gerber, head of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment Management and Tesla shareholder, said on a Twitter space Dec. 20.
Analysts also said Twitter distracted Musk from Tesla, while his politicized tweets also damaged the electric vehicle maker’s brand.
Musk and Tesla did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.