SpaceX and Tesla employees say they search for unpredictable posts on Musk's Twitter every day and fear his "degenerate behavior" – while he fires the PR team and personally responds to journalists who tell them they "suck."
- Musk's employees at SpaceX and Tesla check his Twitter every morning before the workday and say, "Oh god, now what?"
- Some spoke anonymously to Vanity Fair about him when he became the third richest man in the world, with a net worth of $ 106 billion
- Musk, they say, is a "genius", but behaves unpredictably and sometimes "degenerate"
- One person said he once yelled at a former girlfriend for having peach lint on her face
- Musk fired his PR team, now sees himself as "his own communications director" and reacts personally to journalists
- When Vanity Fair emailed him, he replied, "Vanity Fair sucks"
- His behavior has increasingly dissolved since the summer of 2019
- Employees call it the "Summer of 420" when he tweeted that he would take the company private for $ 420 a share – a reference to marijuana
SpaceX and Tesla employees say they have to check Elon Musk's unpredictable Twitter every day and fear his “degenerate” behavior, but still consider him a “genius”.
49-year-old Musk has gradually loosened up more and more since the summer of 2018 – what Tesla employees refer to as "Summer 420" when he tweeted about taking his company private with no real information, smoked a joint on the Joe Rogan podcast, and called a British diver who rescued Thai schoolboys from a cave a "pedo".
Because of his unpredictable behavior, employees are so concerned that they wake up in the morning and check Twitter to see if something he might have posted overnight could harm his business, according to a former Vanity Fair employee.
“We all wake up and look at it every day and think, oh god, now what? You really had no idea what you were going to see, ”said the anonymous agent.
Elon Musk in the Tesla factory in Berlin on September 3, 2020
While they all refer to him as a "genius," his behavior over the past year has revealed a side of him to the public that they claim they will always know about.
“The thing about Elon is that now everyone else is finally seeing the way he always was.
"He's the same Elon he's always been in private … he's just a lot more public Elon," said a former Tesla employee.
On the launch days at SpaceX – his rocket company – they worry about whether or not a mission is successful because it affects his mood.
Other sources described his behavior as "degenerate".
An example was when he was angry that a friend had tiny hair on her face and asked her why when they were leaving a nightclub.
Musk was reportedly angry because the bright lights from the club's awning made the hair more visible.
When he asked her why she had hair on her face, she replied, "Because I'm a mammal," which the source said made him angry.
& # 39; There is a high level of degenerate behavior in Elon. There is a paranoia: are you with me or against me? I really want to leave the room sometimes when he walks in, ”the person said.
Musk appeared on Rogan's podcast in 2018 and smoked marijuana
That same summer, he tweeted that he would take Tesla private for $ 420 a share – a reference to marijuana
Musk also tweeted that summer calling a British diver a "pedo guy".
He went on to say that Musk & # 39; Zuck & # 39; – Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook – and others like it.
"All of these people, I've spent time with them, Musk, Zuck, everyone; they all show tendencies towards complete and complete pathological sociopathy.
"They don't really give a fuck about you or me as individuals."
Musk has laid off the PR teams he works with and now represents himself in the media.
When he was contacted by Vanity Fair about her play, he replied to the journalist, "Vanity Fair sucks" and made sure that the quote was his.
"Elon is his own communications director now," said one person.
Musk turned on the media last November after defending himself in court against British diver Vernon Unsworth, whom he referred to as "Pedo".
The trial revealed the extreme efforts Musk went to prove his claims after tweeted them with no evidence.
He hired a private investigator to dig up dirt on Unsworth and looked for evidence that he was an unsavory character.
He also tried telling journalists about Unsworth, but in a confidential capacity. When a BuzzFeed journalist posted his comments, he was furious.
After the trial, he started blocking journalists on Twitter. A judge was on Musk's side.