Tesla boss Elon Musk reacted quickly after being criticized this week by the co-founder of YouTube, and struck back with Internet slang.
Chad Hurley, who co-founded the platform before selling it to Google for $1.65 billion in shares in 2006, clashed with Musk after he noted that he had not been very active in social media as the counting of the 2020 elections continued.
“The axis of the ego is pretty quiet tonight,” wrote Hurley, who also tagged the Twitter accounts of President Donald Trump and rapper-turned political candidate Kanye West.
And Musk, who is no stranger to Internet slang and meme culture, had fought back within minutes and wrote in a tweet “Uh … Chad wtf” before a quick second post added: “Stop being a Chad”. Shortly thereafter, Hurley responded with a single screaming, laughing emoji.
As the Urban Dictionary notes, the term Chad is often used on the Internet to refer to a “big jerk,” often a “stereotypical young white urban man, typically single. The term “what a jerk” is often used in a pejorative manner to describe obnoxious behavior.
The website explains the term as: “A typical male, aged between 17-28 years, who thinks he has prey but in reality has none. Sometimes a Chad man wears some kind of Jersey shorts and can be seen with a stupid hairstyle”.
In recent years, the term “Chad” has also been co-opted by the Incel community, a male supremacist subculture that objectifies women for what they describe as denial of the right to sex, a pejorative title for attractive men who are sexually successful with women.
Musk had initially supported West’s candidacy for president, but later distanced himself when the rapper questioned vaccines and said in an interview with Forbes that the “Planned Parenthoods were put in the cities by white racists to do the devil’s work.
As news of West’s controversial statements spread, Musk gave in in a tweet: “We may have more disagreements than I expected.
The rapper failed in his attempt to become U.S. president, winning just over 60,000 votes in 12 states, but seemed to indicate that another candidacy would be held in 2024.
If you go to your boy’s house and both of you wear orange ð pic.twitter.com/IyPOdEKaVY
– ye (@kanyewest) July 1, 2020
Musk and Trumpf, although not exactly among the supporters, have crossed paths time and again, most recently during the launch of the Demo 2 test mission of SpaceX with NASA.
In 2018, Musk supported Trump’s idea to found a “Space Force” agency and told Recode that the concept was actually “cool”. In January of this year, Trump praised Musk as “one of our great geniuses” and said that “by the way, he is also good with rockets”.
In May, Musk received the President’s support when he appealed to California officials to allow the reopening of his Tesla facility despite a COVID 19 lockdown. “California should allow Tesla & @elonmusk to open the facility NOW. This can be done quickly and safely! wrote Trump.
Muschus was openly skeptical about closures and tweeted at one point: “Free America Now!” and expressed the opinion that the panic about the virus was “stupid”.
Meanwhile, Kanye West spoke candidly about his support for Trump before launching his own White House campaign, often wearing a red “Make America Great Again” cap. West had already visited Trump Tower in 2016.
In the end, Musk’s use of Internet slang was not a complete surprise. He is a well-known Meme enthusiast who often shares it with his millions of Twitter followers.
The billionaire triggered a wave of reactions with a posting in June this year: “Whoever controls the memes controls the universe”. About a month later he asked: “Where are the memes? Send … the memes …” and attracted hundreds of thousands of like-minded people to ….