Elon Musk might be a billionaire whose technology is reshaping the world, but he also comes across as kind of a weirdo – especially in the last couple of months.
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Integral to this perception of him is the recent unfounded allegation that one of the divers who helped save the Thai football team that was trapped in a cave after a monsoon was a paedophile. It seemed like this was in retaliation to Vernon Unsworth saying that Musk’s presence there was useless and that the mini submarine he built for the rescue wouldn’t have worked.
Anyway, it all seemed to have blown over but Musk brought it up again last week when he tweeted that it was funny Unsworth hadn’t sued him yet for his comments if they weren’t true after he threatened to do so back when all this happened. Buzzfeed decided to follow this up with an email to the man, where he categorically went even further in his accusations of paedophilia towards Unsworth.
It’s a bit bait for Buzzfeed to go around publishing people’s emails – especially when they say ‘Off The Record’ on them (apparently both parties need to agree to this but it’s still a bit bait) – but I suppose when they’re this outrageous you’re going to be more concerned with the clicks rather than your journalistic integrity. Tell me about it:
From: Elon Musk < redacted >
Date: Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 6:43 PM
Subject: RE: BuzzFeed News: Unsworth legal letter
Off the record
I suggest that you call people you know in Thailand, find out what’s actually going on and stop defending child rapists, you fucking asshole. He’s an old, single white guy from England who’s been traveling to or living in Thailand for 30 to 40 years, mostly Pattaya Beach, until moving to Chiang Rai for a child bride who was about 12 years old at the time. There’s only one reason people go to Pattaya Beach. It isn’t where you’d go for caves, but it is where you’d go for something else. Chiang Rai is renowned for child sex-trafficking.
He may claim to know how to cave dive, but he wasn’t on the cave dive rescue team and most of the actual dive team refused to hang out with him. I wonder why …
As for this alleged threat of a lawsuit, which magically appeared when I raised the issue (nothing was sent or raised beforehand), I fucking hope he sues me.
From: Elon Musk < redacted >
Date: Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 7:16 PM
Subject: Fwd: Letters
Unsworth also said I was asked to leave by the Thai govt, which is utterly false. Thai Prime Minister thanked me personally per attached docs. I went all the way to area 3 with the Thai SEAL team, who were awesome. Never saw Unsworth at any point. Was told he was banned from the site.
It is also total bs that the mini-sub wouldn’t fit through the caves. It was designed and built to specifications provided to me directly by Stanton and the actual dive team. The only reason it wasn’t used was that they were able to drain almost all the water out of the caves, so the underwater portion was very short, and the monsoon arrived later than expected.
Those pumps were critical. Some of the Tesla team helped with electrical power, but major credit to whoever provided those pumps. They were amazing. I’m told they were from some company in India.
Wow. There’s a lot going on there and I suppose it’s said in confidence but Musk has projected those views on the internet anyway so it’s not that big a deal to put them out there, it’s just surprising that he so vehemently hates this dude and wants to label him a paedophile and useless during the rescue mission. The original Buzzfeed article includes a bunch of quotes saying that even though Unsworth didn’t dive himself on the mission – a fact he readily admits to – that he was an integral part of the mission and genuinely good guy. Who knows what to believe?
Even if Unsowrth really is a paedophile, it’s still very weird for Musk to be so hateful in public towards over what seems to be a petty argument and then even more vindictive against him in private. It’s like dude, he called your little submarine crap, get over it – don’t make up he’s a paedophile when they’re are dozens of people vouching for his integrity. That’s like some schoolyard shit right there huh?
I guess the only conclusion we can draw from it really is that Elon Musk is a massive dickhead. If you need any more evidence of this, check out Azealia Banks’ recent trip to his house. Really, really strange account.