During an interview with The Babylon Bee last week, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk railed against wokeness, calling far-left ideology one of humanity's biggest challenges.
Musk blamed wokeness for hurting humor, citing The Onion as an example, which he chastised for being "very politically correct" and failing to mock "anything on the Left."
“It used to be much more even-handed, The Onion, and then they just got the woke mind virus to the point where … it used to be very funny and then it was not that funny,” Musk said. “You know, SNL, I used to be a huge fan of SNL. … many, many, many, if not, most of the SNL episodes are kind of a moral lecture on why we’re bad human beings, instead of comedy. So, and again, won’t make fun of anything on the Left, really, like, you know, they’ll beat up on Ted Cruz 17,000 times and you’re like, ‘OK, we get it.’”
“So it’s, it’s just, there’re just a lot of no fly zones with a lot of comedy,” Musk said. “And then you realize, it’s like, wait a second, is the comedy getting at an essential truth or trying — is there a propaganda element? Or is it trying to push you in a particular direction? Or getting to an essential truth that is humorous? And when it stops trying to get to an essential truth that is humorous, then, you know, it’s just not that funny.”
Musk was then asked to explain the meaning of the following tweet from last week:
traceroute woke_mind_virus— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 19, 2021
“Okay, so traceroute is a networking command to — so, if you want to figure out a path to a particular server, or domain, you’d say ‘traceroute,’ or in Windows, ‘TRACERT,’ that would show you the path to a particular source server, either an IP address or domain name, and it would show you basically all the hops that it goes through, and the latency between each hop,” Musk said. “So traceroute would be like, where did it come from? Where did the virus come from? What is its origin?”
“[Wokeness] is a prevalent mind virus, and arguably one of the biggest threats to modern civilization,” Musk added.
Several minutes later, Musk was asked why wokeness was so destructive, to which he answered, “I think we should be aiming for, like, a positive society and that it should be okay to be humorous.”
“Wokeness basically wants to make comedy illegal, which is not cool,” Musk continued. “I mean, Chappelle like, what the [bleeped out]. I mean, try to shut down Chappelle? Come on, man, that’s crazy. So, do we want a humorless society that is simply rife with condemnation and hate, basically?”
“At its heart, wokeness is divisive, exclusionary, and hateful,” Musk responded. “It basically gives mean people a reason, it gives them a shield to be mean and cruel, armored in false virtue.”