Elon Musk hounded for Hitler meme — Analysis
Tesla CEO Adolf Hitler used the picture to attack Canadian PM Justin Trudeau
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been hammered by journalists, activists, and the Auschwitz Memorial for posting an image of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler to criticize Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s crackdown on the anti-mandate Freedom Convoy protests.
Canadian authorities ordered financial institutions and banks not to accept transactions from cryptocurrency wallets. This is in response to ongoing Freedom Convoy protests that have caused traffic jams at Ottawa’s downtown and several border crossings between the US and Canada by truckers.
Musk responded by uploading a photo of Adolf Hitler with a caption “Stop comparing me to Justin Trudeau. At least I had a budget.”
Elon Musk has started posting memes about Adolf Hitler. He’s a normal Nazi, but he runs a partnership with NASA. This is not acceptable. It is anti-Jewish hate. pic.twitter.com/zv7rXfAuLP
— Xeni (@xeni) February 17, 2022
It was met with controversy by the Auschwitz Memorial accusingMusk “exploiting the tragedy of all people who suffered, were humiliated, tortured & murdered by the totalitarian regime of Nazi Germany.”
Journalists and activists joined forces with Chris Taylor, Reuters reporter, demanding Twitter “do something” about Musk’s post and former CBS News anchor Dan Rather describing it as “beyond the pale of any civilized communication.” Other commenters swore to avoid Tesla’s vehicles, and highlighted allegations of racial “segregation” within Tesla’s factories.
Growing up, it was ingrained in me that American Jews simply do not buy Volkswagen cars because of the company’s ties to the Third Reich. Here, you have one of the leading electric car manufacturers casually comparing a world leader to Hitler, an act of minimizing that atrocity https://t.co/4O65JprLhg
— Sam Stein (@samstein) February 17, 2022
Musk deleted the tweet later without any explanation.
Elon Musk has now made the comparison between Justin Trudeau and Hitler. You have two words of wisdom, Wonderboy. Your stupid self-driving car should be fixed so that they don’t cause havoc. I’m a white S. African currently being sued over racism. Maybe you shouldn’t compare any of your friends to Hitler and other racists.
— Tim Wise (@timjacobwise) February 17, 2022
Trudeau’s emergency powers allow Canadian banks without the need for a court order to temporarily suspend protestors from being able to drive trucks and to freeze bank accounts suspected of giving cash to truckers. Musk is outspoken supporter of truckers. He was first suspected to have anonymously donated money to the fundraiser. Although he never confessed to it, he branded GoFundMe a crowdfunding platform. “professional thieves”Thank you for stopping a fundraising drive to support the protest.
The Freedom Convoy demonstrators initially marched to Ottawa almost three weeks ago in order to ask the government to lift the Covid-19 vaccination requirement for transborder truckers. However, their demands have expanded to include the demand that all civil liberties restriction related to virus-related issues be lifted immediately. Their protest has inspired several similar ‘convoy’ protests around the world.
Over the course of the pandemic, demonstrators worldwide have sometimes utilized Nazi symbols to compare lockdowns and vaccine mandates to the decrees of Hitler’s Germany. In particular, protesters have often used yellow stars – which Nazi Germany used to segregate Jews – to condemn the penalization of the unvaccinated. Auschwitz Memorial has always been fiercely critical about Nazi comparisons and declared, “Instrumentalization of the tragedy of Jews … is a sad symptom of moral and intellectual decline.”
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