Elon Musk has hit out at Bill Gates by comparing him to the pregnant man emoji.
The Tesla founder was challenging his fellow billionaire’s climate stance when he tweetd an image showing a golden man in a blue shirt holding his pregnant belly, next to Gates posing for a picture also in a blue shirt.
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For good measure, Musk added the caption: “in case u need to lose a b*ner fast”.
The world richest man was hitting back at the microsoft founder after he tried to interest Musk in “green” philanthropy.
Musk accused the software tycoon of not taking climate change seriously by pointing out he had shorted the stock of Tesla, America’s market leader in electric vehicles, for half a billion dollars.
RT reports: The conversation became public on Friday, with Gates apologizing for the short (“Sorry to say I haven’t closed it out”), while urging the SpaceX founder to overlook that fact and “discuss philanthropy possibilities” with him.
“Sorry, I cannot take your philanthropy on climate change seriously when you have a massive short position against Tesla, the company doing the most to solve climate change,” Musk retorted. The billionaire has acknowledged the conversation really happened, but claimed on Twitter that he didn’t know how it had been leaked to the New York Times.
However, Musk suggested Gates’ short position on Tesla was “not exactly top secret,” claiming he had heard from multiple people at the TED conference earlier this month that the philanthropist “still had half billion short against Tesla.”
Musk followed up that tweet with a side-by-side image of Gates and the ‘pregnant man’ emoji, both wearing blue shirts and sporting decidedly convex bellies, captioning the diptych “in case u need to lose a boner fast.”
He also poked fun at his own trolling, suggesting the “shadow ban council” was reviewing his pregnant-Gates tweet.
Musk made an offer to buy Twitter last week for $43 billion after acquiring 9.1% of the company earlier this month. The social media behemoth has scrambled to block the acquisition, deploying a ‘poison pill’ tactic that would allow other shareholders to acquire larger stakes in the company at a steep discount should any one shareholder control more than 15% of the firm.
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