The teasing of the boss of Tesla, SpaceX and Neuralink sparked a lot of worried reactions, particularly from UltraViolet, the women’s rights NGO, which called on the Californian group’s board of directors to reconsider the agreement with the richest man in the world. According to the Politico news site, Vijaya Gadde broke down in tears during an online meeting with her teams, gathered to discuss the change of ownership.
The NGO’s communications director, Bridget Todd, said that “Elon Musk’s harassment of Vijaya Gadde is clear and unmistakable proof that his governance will open the doors wide to harassment and abuse, specifically against women and people of color.” Several American newspapers have relayed the concern of many employees at the idea that the richest man in the world, but also one of the most provocative, runs their company.
Faced with this type of criticism, Elon Musk replied that “the secretion of antibodies from those who are afraid of free speech says it all”. In recent days, the man has gained several million subscribers, bringing his total to more than 86 million.