Elon Musk’s mother slams NYT for story suggesting he was ‘detached from apartheid atrocities’ in South Africa


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The mother of Tesla founder Elon Musk spoke out against The New York Times this week after the newspaper claimed in a recent article that her son was ‘detached from the atrocities of apartheid’ during his youth in Africa from South.

The Times promoted the story Thursday morning on Twitter, where it also suggested that Musk was “surrounded by anti-black propaganda” as a child.

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Maye Musk, the latest CoverGirl ambassador, and her son Elon, famous for PayPal and Tesla.
(Reuters)

But Maye Musk explained that publicly opposing apartheid would land a person in jail, much like the way Russians would go to jail today for condemning the war on Ukraine.

“In South Africa if you publicly opposed apartheid you would go to jail,” Maye Musk said in a tweet. “In Russia, if you publicly oppose war, you go to jail.”

The New York Times wrote a story about Elon Musk this week, claiming the CEO of Tesla was "detached from the atrocities of apartheid" child in South Africa.

The New York Times wrote an article this week about Elon Musk, saying the Tesla CEO was “detached from the atrocities of apartheid” as a child in South Africa.
(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

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She also stressed that Musk was just a child and should not be held accountable for his government’s actions.

“@nytimes are you going to blame children for decisions made by governments?” asked Maye Musk.

His tweet was in response to an article by journalists John Eligon and Lynsey Chutel titled “Elon Musk has left a South Africa that was plagued by misinformation and white privilege.”

The story comes amid fears from many mainstream media outlets that Elon Musk’s $44 billion purchase of Twitter last month means the social media platform will be inundated with misinformation due to previous comments by the billionaire suggesting a commitment to free speech.

“Mr. Musk announced his purchase of Twitter as a victory for free speech, after criticizing the platform for deleting posts and banning users,” the reporters wrote.

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In this photo illustration the Twitter logo seen displayed on a smartphone with Elon Musk's official Twitter profile.

In this photo illustration the Twitter logo seen displayed on a smartphone with Elon Musk’s official Twitter profile.
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“It’s unclear what role his childhood – at a time and place when there was little free exchange of ideas and government misinformation was used to demonize black South Africans – may have played. in this decision,” the story continues.


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