Musk has the mind of a six-year old

Twitter has been in the news a lot and not in a good way, as Elon Musk erratically makes changes to its operations, seemingly without necessarily thinking things through, most significantly firing more than half of its workforce as a cost-cutting move that has had a deleterious impact on the user experience. The resulting chaos has resulted in widespread grumbling among users as well the entry of competitors like Meta’s Threads system seeking to take advantage of its woes. Threads racked up over 100 million users within a week of its unveiling and Twitter has reportedly blocked links to that service.

As is often the case when reporters write about these things, they contact the people and companies they are writing about to get a response before going to press. Sometimes the respondent simply says ‘no comment’ or issues some kind of bland statement. But not Twitter. They do not have a media relations department anymore but when a reporter contacted them to ask about a $500 million lawsuit that was filed against them by laid-off employees who had not been given the contracted severance payment, the company responded with a poop emoji.

This is not the first time that Twitter has responded this way to media requests. It has apparently become company policy to respond this way. Musk is claiming credit for this practice, saying that he has decided that all press requests will get this automatic reply.

One has to wonder about the mind of an adult who has not outgrown the notion that scatological references are clever and/or funny.


  1. Matt G says

    Once a spoiled brat who has never faced consequences for his behavior, always a spoiled brat….

  2. Tethys says

    IME adults who use toilet humor and then pout if adults don’t find it amusing, tend to be bullies who lack emotional maturity. The Muskmelon obviously has communication skills commensurate with any other poo- flinging monkey.

  3. Holms says

    Musk announced to the world his unserious schoolboy attitude when he came up with the Boring Company Not A Flamethrower. In an ad for it, he chases the camera operator with it.

    (And that brief search has probably done irreparable damage to my youtube video suggestions for the next month or so 🙁 )

    There are probably even earlier indications of his childishness, but that’s the most prominent in my memory.

  4. Silentbob says

    @ 2 John Morales

    It’s interesting that there’s a pattern of the people you defend:

    1) Musk. If I had a buck for every time someone has pointed out some character flaw of Musk, and you link to and quote some source about how rich he is as though that’s a rebuttal…
    2) The irresponsible billionaire who killed people by taking them two miles under the ocean in his death trap submersible.
    3) Her Majesty the dead queen and shameless perpetuator of rigid classicism.

    It’s obvious that forelock-tugging obsequiousness to your “betters” is an integral part of your persona. Which I find surprising. You’re at once deeply narcissistic, and self-conscious about “knowing your place” and not talking back to your “superiors”.

  5. John Morales says

    [gotta love the sniping; grist for the mill]

    It’s interesting that there’s a pattern of the people you defend:

    It’s stupid of you to imagine I defend those people; the pattern should be obvious even to such as you: bad claims, I respond. Poor inferences, I respond. Non sequiturs, I respond. Bullshit, I respond.

    I don’t give a shit about those people in particular, I just get SIWOTI.

    (I’m responding to you right now, same thing)

    Really, what a d-bag.

    You’re d-ing in it!

  6. John Morales says

    [back in the day, I had a game where I would quote the antithesis to any given Bible quote some goddist adduced, so… in that spirit, and because of the snipers, I profess thus:]

    One has to wonder about the mind of an adult who has not outgrown the notion that scatological references are clever and/or funny.

    “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
    1 Corinthians 13:11

    … but then (to be a bit Rabbinical) there’s this:
    “And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.””

    Matthew 18:1-3

  7. John Morales says

    sonofrojblake, there there. It’ll be allllllright.
    Here, for you, I shall respond to you. I can see you are needy.

    @ 9: John Morales — shut up and fuck off.

    Did I point out that mind of a child = $180,000,000,000+ worth?

    (Some people imagine I’m defending him by pointing this out)

  8. John Morales says

    Nah, Holms. I don’t care either way, but I recognise them for what they are.

    Then, there are the more subtle versions: someone can post poop emojis, say, and some people ostensibly imagine that means their mind is that of a six-year old.

    (I mean, I get the intent, I get clickbait, all of that)

  9. GerrardOfTitanServer says

    This place really would be much better if John Morales the troll was just banned.

  10. John Morales says

    Gerrard, you come here merely to snipe?

    (You think sniping from afar makes this place better?)

  11. Silentbob says

    @ ^

    What a profoundly stupid question. “Do you think if it’s raining elsewhere it’s less likely to spoil your day?”

    Um, yes, obviously. Because we are here, not there.

  12. tuatara says

    I cannot resist this.

    John Morales comments, @ 13, on July 14, 2023 at 4:50 am.

    Then, GerrardOfTitanServer, @ 14, on July 16, 2023 at 11:21 pm (that is almost 3 days later!) hearing the rattle of cart wheels crossing the bridge they have been cowering under, leaps out and shouts (I am paraphrasing here) “Die in a fire, evil troll!” And all without a hint of irony! What an amazing feat of imbecility for all to witness!

    And Silentbob, did you really have to make such a profoundly stupid retort?
    No you didn’t have to, did you (that is not a question).

    I am unceasingly amazed at how so many of you here cannot see beyond your irrational hatred for John Morales that you will become the very thing that you accuse him of being, thereby making threads -- that really needn’t be so -- all about your hatred for John Morales!

    What wonderful reading it is (not), except for John Morales’ retorts. They are some of the best things on the internet!

    Well, you are either blinded by hatred or fucking stupid. Shall I be kind, give you the benefit of the doubt, and not accuse you of hatred?

    Oh, yes, I am fully aware that my action here can be misconstrued as being equivalent to yours. It is not.

    When I first found this place I thought it was cool. And I ‘got’ John Morales from the off. But the more time I spend here the less cool it is. The cool actually wears off when constantly abraded by insults. And there, revealed, are the hot-headed shit-slinging monkeys that were hiding here all along.

    I don’t care what any of you might think of me. What I care about is what you think of yourselves. So have a good look in the mirror, mates, and fucking grow up. You are driving people away with your trolling.

    Hey Mano. Can you please delete my ftb account? I don’t ever want to be tempted to ‘contribute’ here again (once an addict….)

  13. GerrardOfTitanServer says

    become the very thing that you accuse him of being

    I never complained about thread derails. I usually don’t make tone-troll arguments. I have consistently accused John Morales of acting dishonestly, disingenuously, of purposefully posting shit to make other people mad for his own amusement, aka of being a troll.

    I don’t care what any of you might think of me. What I care about is what you think of yourselves. So have a good look in the mirror, mates, and fucking grow up. You are driving people away with your trolling.

    I am not trolling. I am asking that the troll be banned. On this point that I am trolling, you are simply incorrect. I am not posting with the explicit purpose of making other people made for my own enjoyment. I am deeply sorry for pissing you off like this; it was never my intention. Again, my apologies.

  14. GerrardOfTitanServer says

    No no Holms. That’s not the best part. The best part is that as part of his legal pleadings for this new case, the pleading state quite clearly that earlier when Elon tried to back out of the deal to buy Twitter, it was a basic contract law dispute with no possible interpretation that could have let Elon win, and because it was so simple, the law firm should not have charged that much.

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